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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: 

Poetry

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

 

Fiction

1st: “When the Dead Linger” by Josue Lopez

2nd: “Kingdom of Discarded Words” by Karley Conklin

3rd: “The Point” by Nathan Lowe

Honorable Mentions:

“Voices in Your Head” by Dawn Carvajal

“Synesthetic Love Letters” by Sarah Hope Carlson

 

Non-Fiction

1st: “Surface Treader” by Karley Conklin

2nd: “Daycare Bomb Disposal” by Sarah Hope Carlson

3rd: “Promises to Keep” by Sarah Hope Carlson

 

Art Photography

1st: “Bound” by Jordan Hurley

2nd: “Sight” by Will Paul McDonald

3rd: “All Fenced In” by Justin Keck

Honorable Mentions:

“One of Many Soldiers” by Justin Keck

“Old Friends” by Caleb Pepper

“Milky Way Over Clemson” by Justin Keck

 

Traditional Media

1st: Coming Through the Fog by Tori Cantrell

2nd: All the Gear, All the Time by Jordan Hurley

3rd: Nesting Bowls by Emilie Gilbert

Honorable Mentions:

“An Inheritance” by Jordan Hurley

“Ship on the Sea” by Tori Cantrell

“Circular Contemplation” by Kristen Webb

            

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