Spring Homecoming - April 30, 2020 - CANCELED
CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Schedule of Events: Thursday, April 30, 2020
- 10 a.m. Coffee & pastries
- 10:30 a.m. Alumni panel featuring Isabelle Shepherd, Susan Shumaker, and Abra Sitler
- 1:30-2:00 p.m. Refreshments
- 2:00-3:00 p.m. Undergraduate Showcase
- 3:00-4:00 p.m. Appalachian Prison Book Project Book Wrapping
Rhododendron Room, WVU Mountainlair
- 7:30 p.m. MFA graduation reading by:
Samantha R. Barney ('21)
Samantha is an Honors student, majoring in English and French. She works in the West Virginia Dialect Project as a Research Assistant. She plans to attend law school after graduation. She enjoys discussing British literature and linguistics.
Cameron Ferguson ('21)
Cameron is pursuing an English major, with a dual emphasis in PWE and creative writing, and a Law and Legal studies minor. He is a member of the Billiards and Film clubs here at WVU. He hopes to attend law school and get a fancy federal job in DC, or write an awesome screenplay and then move to LA. In addition to workshops, he thoroughly enjoys classes in political science.
Erica Kushner (‘20)
Erica is an English major with a focus in creative writing:
poetry and non-fiction, with minors in Geology and Africa & The Middle
East. They work in the Eberly Writing Studio, the LGBTQ+ Center, as well as
serving as the WVU Hillel President. Every Friday, you can find them kneading
dough and braiding challah for Shabbat.
Maria Diana Pomales
Maria is a double-major in English (Creative Writing) and World Languages (Spanish). She was raised in Pendleton County in the Eastern Panhandle. Her mother, a WV native, is of English/German descent; her father was born and raised in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Maria’s writing is influenced by Gloria Anzaldua, Ralph Ellison, Isabel Allende, and Elizabeth Acevedo, and reflects growing up Latina in Appalachia: the wonderment, confusion, and overall unique life it produced for her.
Savannah Thomas ('20)
Savannah is an English and Women's and Gender Studies double-major with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. By day, she works as the Public Relations manager at the Daily Athenaeum. By night, she is a creative writer whose main focus is poetry. She is currently applying for the Master of Public Administration program and a Women's and Gender Studies graduate teaching assistantship at WVU.
Since 2005, the Appalachian Prison Book Project, founded by WVU Professor Katy Ryan, has mailed over 30,000 books, receiving about 100 requests per week, and 100 imprisoned persons and 27 volunteers have participated in its book clubs. The APBP is currently working to bring for-credit college classes to prisons.