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Wall receives Capote Scholarship in Creative Writing

Wall_t.jpgBOONE—Sarah Wall, a rising junior and English major at Appalachian State University, has received a Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing for the 2008-09 academic year.

Wall is the daughter of Larry and Jackie Wall of Oriental. She received a $2,450 scholarship.

The scholarship was established in 1995 with a $35,000 gift from the Capote Literary Trust to create an endowed fund, which now totals $75,000, to support the creative writing program at Appalachian. Interest from the endowment generates funds for the scholarship.

Wall entered four poems for the competition that was judged by Rick Campbell director of Anhinga Press and the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. He teaches English at Florida A&M University.

Campbell wrote, “I like the imagination and range of Sarah Wall’s poems. Her attention to detail and feeling for the line turns the mundane – a coffee cup – into a magical object.”

Campbell compared Wall’s poetry to the early writings of national poet laureate Charles Simic, whose early writings were characterized by terse writing and imaginary poems.

“Wall covers some ground in her poems – coffee cups, pearls, cancer and a coming of age poem that handles the sexual complexity of that subject with grace,” Campbell wrote. “Ms. Walls knows how to allow her poems to find their true subjects.”

The Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing competition is open to rising or continuing juniors and seniors planning to major in English with a concentration in creative writing, or who are pursuing a B.S. degree in teaching secondary English and have taken or are taking creative writing courses.

The competition alternates between poetry and prose. Next year’s competition will be in prose.

In addition to offering a concentration in creative writing for English majors, the Creative Writing Program at Appalachian offers writing competitions for the Capote Scholarship, the Marian Coe Scholarship and the John Foster West Scholarship, and sponsors the Hughlene Bostian FrankVisiting Writers Series which brings novelists and poets to campus for readings.