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Clarkson University Visiting Professor Honored in Poetry Contest

Clarkson University Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities Summar West has won runner-up in a poetry contest.

Summar WestHer poem, "The Gospel Choir Sings All Night, All Day the Angels Keep Watching," won runner-up in the 2016 poetry contest in the New South literary journal. The poem appears in issue 9.2, this fall.

New South is a highly selective literary journal, publishing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, and is housed at Georgia State University. Author Anya Silver judged the poetry contest.

West's poems have been featured in a variety of literary publications, including 491, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Ellipsis, Still: The Journal and Tar River Poetry. Her poem "First Church of the Rude Awakening" was previously selected as the Denny Plattner Poetry Prize for poem of the year in Appalachian Heritage.

West holds a master's of fine arts degree in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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