Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2006

Six Students to Represent Whitworth at National Literary Conference

Six English majors will represent Whitworth College at the National Undergraduate Literary Conference March 30-April 1 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Students Ryan Hackenbracht, Russell Spotts, Alex Napelenok, Kyle Genther, Marcus Corder and Sarah James will present their research papers or read their creative writing during the conference.

"The Whitworth English Department faculty is very pleased that all of the students who submitted papers to the conference organizers this year were invited to present," says Melissa Sprenkle, assistant professor of English at Whitworth. "The NULC is a wonderful opportunity for our students to share their ideas and creativity and to be exposed to very talented peer writers."

Other universities participating in the conference include the University of Arkansas, Ohio University, Texas A&M, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota. Featured speakers at the conference will include Alice Sebold, author of the bestselling novel The Lovely Bones and the memoir Lucky, and Glen David Gold, author of the novel Carter Beats the Devil.

During the conference, senior Ryan Hackenbracht will read a research piece of literary criticism titled "Donne and the End Times"; senior Russell Spotts will read his fiction short story "Gravity"; senior Alex Napelenok will read two creative nonfiction pieces, "Batman and Other Such Memories" and "Life Lessons from 52 Cards"; junior Kyle Genther will read his short story "The Reckless"; senior Marcus Corder will read his creative nonfiction piece "A Real Visionary"; and sophomore Sarah James will present a work of creative nonfiction, "The End of Solitude."

Students were invited to apply to the conference by their respective professors, based on excellent creative work or formal research papers they had written for their classes. The work was then submitted with an application to the conference organizers for review.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Melissa Sprenkle, assistant professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3257 or msprenkle@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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