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Peter Burton Hanson Writing Competition

Undergraduate Student Writing Competition

 

 

April 19, 2019 – Peter Burton Hanson Writing Prize Winners and Honorable Mention recipients pose with their award certificates alongside their supporting instructors.

 

About

Each year, the Department of English recognizes three undergraduate writers in English department classes with the Peter Burton Hanson Awards: one given for the best scholarly essay written by an English major, combined major, or minor; one given for the best creative work; and one for the best work not belonging to the scholarly or creative writing categories. The awards are named in honor of Peter Burton Hanson, A&S ’91, an English major, who perished along with his wife, Sue Kim, and young daughter, Christine Lee, aboard United Airlines Flight 175, on 9/11/01.  Three prizes of $200 each are awarded at a special presentation in the spring semester.

Submissions are solicited at the beginning of each spring semester for work completed in classes in the previous calendar year.

Call for submissions


Award Recipients, 2003-Present

2019

In the Category of Creative Writing
Benjamin Freiman, “The Church of Liking Whoever You Want”
Under the instruction of Professor Neal Lerner

Honorable Mention:
Evelyn Maguire, “Fort Henry”
Under the instruction of Professor Gary Goshgarian

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Carly Wilhelm, “Northeastern University’s Employee Health Initiative: An Examination of Privacy and Personal Responsibility”
Under the instruction of Professor Eunsong Kim

Honorable Mention:
Bethany O’Brien, “Modern Bestseller”
Under the instruction of Professor Gary Goshgarian

In the Category of “Other” work
Ash Liu, “post-”
Under the instruction of Professor Hillary Chute

Honorable Mention:
Kaitlin Moua, “Cut and Paste”
Under the instruction of Professor Liz Polcha

2018

In the Category of Creative Writing
Ash Liu, “m. butterfly writes home”
Written for Professor Eunsong Kim

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Courtney Langdell, “Dehumanization in Debtor’s Prisons: Satire and Sentiment in Little Dorrit’s Approach to Prison Reform”
Written for Professor Marina Leslie

Honorable Mention:
Jenna Lue, “True Masks and False Plays: Reproductions of Gendered Power Relations and Marriage in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Written for Professor Marina Leslie

2017

Shannon Perry, “Miss Atomic Bomb”
Written for Professor Neal Lerner, Fall 2016

Isabella Hendricks, “We Lost Uncle Roderigo”
Written for Professor Stuart Peterfreund, Fall 2016

2016

In the Category of Creative Writing
Courtney Langdell, “Overture to 33 Gainsborough Street”
Written for Professor Lerner in ENGL 3376, Creative Nonfiction, Fall 2015

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Isabella Hendricks, “Visual Verse”
Written for Professor Leslie in ENGL 1600, Introduction to Shakespeare, Fall 2015

2015

2014

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Megan Munkacsy, “Memoir”
Written for Professor Bernstein in ENGL 3372, Creative Writing, Spring 2013

Honorable Mention: Austin Hendricks, “We Think about Ashes”
Written for Professor Blessington in ENGL 3377 Poetry Workshop Spring 2013

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Lian Partridge, “Childhood Language Acquisition and Finnegans Wake
Written for Professor Mullen in ENGL 4710, Junior/Senior Seminar: Late Joyce and His Legacies, Fall 2013

Honorable Mention: Morgan Lundgren, “Accidental Mischief Making”
Written for Professor Kelly in ENGL 4606 Topics in Medieval Literature: Medieval Romance, Fall 2013

2013

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Ryan La Sala, “Sylvia Had a Hunch”
Written for Professor Blessington in Fiction Workshop, Spring 2012

Honorable Mention: Jackson Hyland-Lipski, “Structures”
Written for Professor Blessington in Fiction Workshop, Spring 2012

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Alex Shapiro, “The Church in African American Literature”
Written for Professor Aljoe in Early African American Literature, Spring 2012

Honorable mention: Sydney Rey, “Narrating for ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Subjectivity and Alterity in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
Written for Professor Aljoe in Postcolonial Literature, Fall 2012

2012

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Delaney Rebernik, “Organic (adj.)”
Written for Kalo Clarke in Creative Writing

Honorable Mention: Rebecca Lowry, “Shadowed”
Written for David Grotell in Introduction to Screenwriting

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Eun Hae Kim, “Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Miranda in the 20th-century British Theatre”
Written for Professor Leslie in Topics in Experiential Education: Opening the Archive

Honorable Mention: Casey Curry for “Negotiating Normal: Individuality and Generalization in Veterinary Medicine”
Written for Professor Britt in Topics in Experiential Education: Writing Culture

2011

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Andrea Marouani

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Jessica Ward

2010

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Michelle Bilodeau, “Legends of Tommy the Brave”
Written for Dr. Barbara Shapiro

Honorable Mention: Assadullah Sadiq, “Forever Gone”
Written for Professor TuSmith

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Francesca Therese P. Sales “The Presence of Absent Characters in ‘The Virgin and the Gipsy’ and ‘The Dead’”
Written for Dr. Bret Keeling

Honorable Mention: Miriam Laufer, “The Wicked and the Virtuous: Textual Subtleties in Machiavelli’s The Prince
Written for Professor Leslie

2009

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Katrina Langer, “Summer Skin”
Written for Dr. Barbara Shapiro in Topics in Writing: The Memoir (Fall 2008)

Honorable Mention: William Clark, Three Poems
Written for Ellen Noonan in Poetry Workshop (Spring 2009)

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Laura O’Regan, “Doctor, Voyeur, Poet: The Triple Role of William Carlos Williams in ‘The Young Housewife’”
Written for Professor Rotella in Modern Poetry (Spring 2008)

Honorable Mention: Margot Crary, “Tony Morrison’s A Mercy: Tracing the Roots of Racism in America”
Written for Professor Leslie in Experiential Education: Opening the Archive (Fall 2008)

2008

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Jacey Fortin, “Exile”
Written for Professor Blessington in Fiction Workshop, Spring 2008

Honorable Mention: Abigail Zorbaugh, “Warmer”
Written for Professor Bernstein in Creative Writing, Fall 2007

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Elyse Merlo, “Identification and Categorization in People v. Kobe Bryant
Written for Professor Britt in Rhetoric of Law, Fall 2007

Honorable Mention: Emily Lemiska, “Frances Burney’s Evelina
Written for Professor Howlett in Junior/Senior Seminar in Women of Letters in the Long 18th Century, Fall 2007

2007

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Stephen Mancuso, New York to Boston: A Collection of Poems
Written for Professor Blessington in Poetry Workshop, Spring 2007

Honorable Mention: Laura Mangano, “The Suicides of the Seraphim”
Written for Professor Blessington in Fiction Workshop, Spring 2006

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Laura Mangano, “The Genderless Mind: An Examination of Intellectual Androgyny in the Selected Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Virginia Woolf”
Written for Professor Mullen in Survey of British Literature II, Fall 2006

Honorable Mention: Nicole Cooper, “Reconciling the Duality: An Investigation of the Victorian Working Woman”
Written for Professor Green in Victorian Literature, Fall 2006

2006

In the Category of Creative Writing
Winner: Nicole Frankel, “The Ultimate Escape”
Written for Frank Blessington in ENGU378 Fiction Workshop, Spring 2006

Honorable mention: Ilana Guttin, “Float On”
Written for Frank Blessington in ENGU226 Creative Writing, Spring 2006

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Winner: Ilana Guttin, “Power in Incest: Ill-Fated Attempts to Rise in ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore
Written for Kathy Howlett in ENGU710, Jacobean Drama, Fall 2005

Honorable mention: Melissa Famigletti, “Making Silence Speak: Colonial and Post-Colonial Rhetoric in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe
Written for Lee Kahan in Advanced Writing in Literature, Fall 2005

Honorable mention: Kirby Robinson, “To Speak of the Woe That Is In All Marriage”
Written for Kathy Howlett in ENGU611, Shakespeare, Spring 2006

2005

In the Category of Creative Writing
Joseph Eveld, “The Unlikely Savior of Ellison Eighteen”
Written for Professor Bernstein in Creative Writing

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Amanda Trainor, “On Fathers and Daughters in Love’s Labor’s Lost and Midsummer Night’s Dream
Written for Professor Leslie in Shakespeare’s Comedies

2004

In the Category of Creative Writing
Liane Marquis

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Lindsay Pepi

2003

In the Category of Creative Writing
Danielle Leon, “Mercy Meal”

In the Category of Scholarly Writing
Nicole Klosterman, “Frank O’Hara’s Pastoral Perspective”