holds Wesley Ryals Awards
and introduces its 2003 literary magazine
LAKELAND, Fla. (March
17, 2003) - The Florida Southern College English department will
host its annual Wesley Ryals Awards presentation and the unveiling
of the 2003 issue of Cantilevers, the college's literary and visual
arts magazine. The event takes place March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the
Melvin Art Gallery.
This year's guest speaker and Cantilevers guest poet is Phyllis
McEwen, a Tampa poet and performance artist. She is co-founder of
the Black Madonna Artists' Collective and poetry editor of The Forum,
published by the Florida Humanities Council. She appeared on campus
in 2002 as a member of the Irritable Tribe of Poets. McEwen is known
for her interpretative performances as well as for her accomplishments
as a poet and editor.
All literary submissions to Cantilevers are automatically entered
in the Wesley Ryals contest, which features individual awards as
well as permanent recognition for winners in prose and poetry on
a plaque in the English/Arts office. This year's winners will be
chosen from over 100 submissions by Florida Southern students, faculty,
staff, and alumni. The selections are made anonymously by an independent
This year, the awards ceremony will also feature the announcement
of the winners in the first annual Florida Southern College Writing
Contest for high school students. Submissions were accepted from
all juniors and seniors attending high school in Polk County. Prizes
consist of FSC scholarships and gift certificates from Barnes &
Noble. Winners are chosen by English department faculty.
Refreshments will be provided at the event. For further information,
Dr. Rebecca Saulsbury at 863-680-4348, email@example.com
Dr. Bernard Quetchenbach at 863-680-4221, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.