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Winners of 2018 ASU Homecoming Writing Awards and Tyler Peterson speaking about his work. / Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

Homecoming Writing Contest winners celebrated


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

On November 1, 2018, we honored the winners of our annual Homecoming Writing Contest with an awards presentation and a reading from their winning work. Homecoming Committee chair Kevin Sandler emceed. This year’s winners are:

  • Damaris Ixtchel Castillo – poetry, for “Mayan Descent”
  • Emily Gladberry - scholarly essay, for “As Long as the Love Remained”: Land as Catalyst for Healing and Transformation in Ceremony
  • Mayra Vasquez-Chavez - creative nonfiction, for “Por Mi Madre”
  • Miranda Lynn Williams – fiction, for “The Gardener’s Son”

Plus, linguist Tyler Peterson provided a faculty talk on “Using Popular Media as a Tool for Engagement and Endangered Language Learning.”

Pictured, clockwise from left: Mayra Vasquez-Chavez reads from her winning piece; Miranda Williams, Damaris Castillo, and Emily Gladberry hold their award certificates; Tyler Peterson discusses endangered languages; Vasquez-Chavez poses with emcee Kevin Sandler. Photos by Bruce Matsunaga.

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