Student Work Magazine

Undergraduate students


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2011 Virginia Burke Contest award winners

The Virginia Burke Writing Contest honors outstanding achievement of UWM's first-year writing students whose essays are judged the best of the year. It is named in honor of the late Professor Virginia Burke, an outstanding professor of English composition and language, who possessed a national reputation and was extremely devoted to undergraduate writing instruction at UWM for over thirty years.

Finding My Voice

Elyssa Lockington

This 2011 Virginia Burke Award-winning essay is a critical literacy biography for English 201, taught by John Raucci.

How Do We Develop Our Ethical Positions on Eugenic Action?

Alexander Washburn

This 2011 Virginia Burke Award-winning essay is a research project for English 102, taught by Diane Unterweger.

From Solar Eclipse to Total Eclipse of the Mind and Back

Tom Mitchell

This 2011 Virginia Burke Award-winning essay is an interpretive essay for English 101, taught by Joan Ruffino.

Only A Matter of Time

Ryan Peyer

This 2011 Virginia Burke Award-winning essay is an interpretive essay for English 095, taught by Chris Lyons.

Spring 2011 Student Work Magazine

The works included here were nominated by faculty and instructors for outstanding student work from Spring and Fall 2010.

Magic in the Air

Jody Bauer

This creative nonfiction memoir about another person was written for English 430: Advanced Writing Workshop, taught by Carol Ross.

A Better Deathtrap

Dan Berte

This video was made for for English 414: Special Topics in Creative Writing – Image and Text, taught by Lane Hall.

How To Drive With Your Eyes Closed

Dan Berte

This video was made for for English 414: Special Topics in Creative Writing – Image and Text, taught by Lane Hall.

Be Reflective

Joshua Boeck

This 2010 Virginia Burke Award-winning essay was a reflective essay for English 101, taught by Meredith Kruse.

Cursive Catalyst

Lindsay Rose DeTienne

This video was made for for English 414: Special Topics in Creative Writing – Image and Text, taught by Lane Hall. Using techniques and exercises by Hazel Smith I generated "Cursive Catalyst" exclusively as a sound piece.

Blue Brush

Lindsay Rose DeTienne

"Blue Brush" was created using "Cursive Catalyst" as the constraint. I reworked a text into fresh narrative that focused on sound but still told a story. In order to enhance how the mind naturally develops and seeks patterns between image and sound (text) I chose to focus images on the mouth, the center of sound.

Beyond Duality

Katrina "Moondancer" Drake

This 2010 Virginia Burke Award-winning essay was a research project for English 102, taught by Cara Ogburn.

Reagan Revisited

Dan Gross

This creative nonfiction piece exploring a cultural subject was written for English 430: Advanced Writing Workshop, taught by Carol Ross.

Fault Line

Jeffrey Henze

This nonfiction narrative about another person was written for English 430: Advanced Writing Workshop, taught by Carol Ross.

Mistah Kurtz Abridged

Shawn Matson

This poem was completed as a visual art project in English 233: Introduction to Creative Writing, taught by Trent Hergenrader. I defaced Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in an attempt to deconstruct a book I was forced to read in high school, and moreover, to apply a sort of postmodern adaptation of Conrad's text in a way that highlights the indelible recursion of words and ideas as fluid and living bodies that can be contorted and made novel again. That, in my opinion, is the ultimate allegory. (Also of note that in the hard copy, the blue sharpie obscures the crossed out portions of the text much better.)

lost / found

Ashleigh Momberg

This poem is a result of several revisions of part of a zine I originally did for an English 414 workshop: Zine and Screen, taught by Lane Hall. The poem was first generated through word association and language games, which I often like to use when I'm not really sure what to write about, and then kind of took on a life of its own.

Roughly

Ashleigh Momberg

This poem was written for English 416: Poetry Workshop, taught by Brenda Cardenas. It's a modified sonnet in which I concentrated on working with sound within the line.

Take Time to Read

Albulena Shabani

This video was made for English 414: Special Topics in Creative Writing – Image and Text, taught by Lane Hall.

Asthmatic Response

Nicole Wallschlaeger

This visual poem addresses the progressing crisis of environmental damage on our planet. It was written for English 416: Poetry Workshop, taught by Brenda Cardenas.

First Steps

Nicole Wallschlaeger

This young poem about vision, the body, and development was written for English 416: Poetry Workshop, taught by Brenda Cardenas.

Rebellion in Black

Aaron Yoder

This nonfiction narrative about another person was written for English 430: Advanced Writing Workshop, taught by Carol Ross.