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English Department Announces Winners of Inaugural Racial Justice Writing Competition

The English department is happy to announce the winners of the inaugural Racial Justice Writing Competition.

Using  a prompt from James Baldwin's "Letter from a Region of My Mind", writers were asked to submit works that reflect on the persistence of racial injustice and/or that consider or express current efforts “to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” (James Baldwin, The New Yorker,  November 17, 1962). The contest was open to all enrolled graduate and undergraduate students at Salem State. 

The graduate award goes to Evan Miller (a student in the MA-MAT in English) for his short story “Running Ever Since.” Guest judge JD Debris lauds how his work explores “the more codified ways in which racism is enacted and resisted."

The undergraduate award goes to Christina T. Gelin (a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Professional Writing) for her poem “White Savior.” Guest judge Fabiola Mejia describes her work as “a powerful testimony to the racial injustices that have been and continue to be masked in our society.” 

Video Readings from Competition Winners

Undergraduate winner Christina Gelin reads her poem, "White Savior".

Graduate winner Evan Miller reads his short story, "Running Ever Since".

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