17th Annual Awards Ceremony



Join us on Sunday, June 8th from 1 PM to 4 PM at Torp Theater, on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT 06050 http://www.ccsu.edu for what has been called the Oscar's for Young Writers, the 17th Annual Connecticut Young Writers Trust Awards Ceremony! Hear keynote speakers Dr. Michael White, Director of the Fairfield MFA Program, award winning multi-instrumentalist songwriter Jasmine Dreame Wagner, and former CT Young Writers Trust Award winner CandiDeschamps speak, then welcome to stage a dozen finalists from around the state, writers age 13-18, competing for the coveted title of State Champion and a number of cash prizes. The Connecticut Young Writers Trust has given away over $215,000 in prize money since 1998. With live music and refreshments, this event is free and open to the public. For questions, please email ctyoungwriterstrust2013@gmail.com.

More details at: http://www.ctyoungwriterstrust.org

Michael C White is the author of Beautiful Assassin. His previous novels include the New York Times Notable Book A Brother’s Blood and two Connecticut Book of the Year finalists, The Garden of Martyrs and Soul Catcher. He is the director of Fairfield University’s MFA program in creative writing, and lives in Connecticut.

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is the author of three collections of poems. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jasmine has performed at the CMJ Music Marathon, free103point9 Wave Farm, and the Olympia Experimental Music Festival. Jasmine is the recipient of a 2013 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Her multidisciplinary work has earned her awards, grants, and residencies. She currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University.

Candi Deschamps won the IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Award in 2001 for her short story "Tragedy of a David Cassidy Clone." She went on to major in English Language and Literature at Smith College, from which she was graduated magna cum laude in 2005. Since then, she has lived and worked in New York City. She served as an editorial assistant at The Hudson Review, a longstanding literary magazine, and also worked for Lincoln Center's Capital Campaign before deciding to become a teacher.

17th Annual Connecticut Young Writers Finalists (State Champion to be named on Sunday, June 8th at CCSU)


POETRY

1) Alicia Kiley
Greenwich Academy (Greenwich)

2) Matt Maguda
Rockville High School (Vernon)

3) Mallory Chabre
Rockville High School (Vernon)

4) Rhian Elizabeth Lewis
Westover School (Middelbury)

5) James Gilbert
Newtown High School (Newtown)

6) Hannah Hudson
Westover School (Middelbury)

7) Gabrielle Cianciolo
Torrington High School (Torrington)

8) Jessica Conway Jameson
Wooster School (Danbury)

9) Heaven Stone
Arts at the Capitol Theater (Willimantic)

10) Kylie Kearney
Rockville High School (Vernon)


PROSE

1) Anna Whalon
Killingly High School (Dayville)

2) Hannah C. Hokanson
Manchester High School (Manchester)

3) Taylor Fournier
Rockville High School (Vernon)

4) Rachel Horowitz-Benoit
Edwin O. Smith High School (Storrs)

5) Jennifer Shook
Kingswood Oxford School (West Hartford)

6) Katherine Franqueira
Immaculate High School (Danbury)

7) Samantha Sheppard
Staples High School (Westport)

8) Joan Miller
Montville High School (Oakdale)

9) Greta W. Westfall
Home Schooled (Hartford)

10) Jonathan Dowst
Manchester High School (Manchester)

11) Lulu A Hedstrom
Greenwich Academy (Greenwich)

12) Selena West
The Gilbert School (Winsted)

The Connecticut Writers Trust is a non-profit organization that depends on public support to accomplish its mission. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help the cause.


Keynote Speakers

Candi Deschamps

Former CTYWT winner: Candi Deschamps won the IMPAC-CSU Young Writers Award in 2001 for her short story "Tragedy of a David Cassidy Clone." She went on to major in English Language and Literature at Smith College, from which she was graduated magna cum laude in 2005. Since then, she has lived and worked in New York City. She served as an editorial assistant at The Hudson Review, a longstanding literary magazine, and also worked for Lincoln Center's Capital Campaign before deciding to become a teacher. She earned her Masters of Arts at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010 and has worked as a Middle School English teacher and Debate Coach at The Nightingale-Bamford School for the past two years



Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Jasmine Dreame Wagner is the author of three collections of poems: Rings (Kelsey Street Press, 2014), Rewilding (Ahsahta Press, 2013), Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain, 2012), and an e-chapbook, True Crime (NAP, 2014). Her poems have appeared in Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Handsome, Indiana Review, New American Writing, Seattle Review, Verse, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012.) Her fiction has appeared in NANO Fiction, Pear Noir!, Seattle Review, and Lost and Found: Stories From New York (Mr. Beller's Neighborhood Books, 2009.)

A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jasmine has performed at the CMJ Music Marathon, free103point9 Wave Farm, and the Olympia Experimental Music Festival. She is currently at work on her first studio record for voice, jazz quartet, and chamber orchestra. You can stay updated by following her on Soundcloud.

Jasmine is the recipient of a 2013 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Her multidisciplinary work has earned her awards, grants, and residencies from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Kultuuritehas Polymer, Summer Literary Seminars - Kenya, and The Wassaic Project. She currently teaches at Western Connecticut State University and at the WCSU Young Writers Conference.

Songs About Ghosts, the name of this domain, was a zine and is now a larger work-in-progress. More music/words over on Tumblr.




Michael White

Michael White is the author of six novels: Soul Catcher, which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, as well as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, A Brother’s Blood, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee; The Blind Side of the Heart, A Dream of Wolves, and The Garden of Martyrs, also a Connecticut Book Award finalist and recently made into an opera. His latest novel, Beautiful Assassin, won the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Fiction.

A collection of his short stories, Marked Men, was published by the University of Missouri Press. He has also published over 50 short stories in national magazines and journals, and has won the Advocate Newspapers Fiction Award. He was the founding editor of the yearly fiction anthology American Fiction as well as Dogwood. He is the founder and director of Fairfield University's MFA Creative Writing Program





Michael

Dr. Michael White
Professor of English and
Program Director
MFA in Creative Writing
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-254-4000 x3153
www.michaelcwhite.com
Learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing at: http://www.fairfield.edu/mfa