NGU's Mountain Laurel Introduces 'Voices'
Volume 54 of “The Mountain Laurel” (TML), NGU’s literary journal, was released on Tuesday, April 17. This year's TML staff was comprised of 14 students, and “each worked diligently to produce a quality publication,” said English Instructor and Adviser to TML Sarah Bailey.
Each year, the TML editors decide on a theme, and this year's theme is Voices.
A short excerpt from the editors' letter published on the inside cover of the journal explains the theme well.
"Our world is made of music, and every life is its own song. Voices blend in chaotic mixtures, noises clashing one against the other, sounds racing to be heard, and vibrations interweaving until most are lost in the fray. But if you listen closely, you can distinguish the different songs," said Managing Editor Karley Conklin, Prose Editor Sarah Hope Carlson, Poetry Editor Josiah Wright, and Art Editor Sarah Vann.
The content of this year's journal highlights student work in art and literature which reflects the theme of voices. Specifically, the content is divided into Voices Silenced, Voices Spoken, Voices Shouted, and Voices Sung.
At the celebration event held on April 17, TML presented awards to excellent entries in each category of both art and literature. This year's winners are as follows:
1st: “The Roots Remember” by Shaun Stokes
2nd: “The Swan” by Micah Purvis
3rd: “Waiting by the Shore to Say Hello” by Josiah Wright
Honorable Mention: “Faces Golden” by Davis Lisk
1st: “When the Dead Linger” by Josue Lopez
2nd: “Kingdom of Discarded Words” by Karley Conklin
3rd: “The Point” by Nathan Lowe
“Voices in Your Head” by Dawn Carvajal
“Synesthetic Love Letters” by Sarah Hope Carlson
1st: “Surface Treader” by Karley Conklin
2nd: “Daycare Bomb Disposal” by Sarah Hope Carlson
3rd: “Promises to Keep” by Sarah Hope Carlson
1st: “Bound” by Jordan Hurley
2nd: “Sight” by Will Paul McDonald
3rd: “All Fenced In” by Justin Keck
“One of Many Soldiers” by Justin Keck
“Old Friends” by Caleb Pepper
“Milky Way Over Clemson” by Justin Keck
1st: Coming Through the Fog by Tori Cantrell
2nd: All the Gear, All the Time by Jordan Hurley
3rd: Nesting Bowls by Emilie Gilbert
“An Inheritance” by Jordan Hurley
“Ship on the Sea” by Tori Cantrell
“Circular Contemplation” by Kristen Webb
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