Cal Poly Creative Writers to Read at Byzantium Celebration May 23

Cal Poly’s English Department will hold a reading and a celebration for the 26th edition of Byzantium, the department’s literary annual, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo.

Byzantium, an award-winning publication, is entirely crafted by undergraduate students. Co-editors Marley McCaughey and Stephanie Narlesky collaborated with art director Lena Choi, an art and design major, to produce this edition.

“The unveiling will be a night to immerse yourselves in some of the finest student literary talent our campus has to offer,” said McCaughey, an English and history double major.

Cal Poly English Professor Kevin Clark, longtime Byzantium advisor, called the event “an equivalent celebration of extraordinary student accomplishment in the literary arts.”

Poems and stories were chosen through the 2016 Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.Two English Department faculty judging committees — one for poetry and one for fiction — read anonymous entries and awarded first, second and third place prizes. The co-editors of the journal selected the editors’ choice pieces.

“The caliber of this year's works far exceeded my expectations,” said English senior Narlesky.

Selected winners will read excerpts from their pieces at the event, which is free and open to the public. All winners this year are English majors.

The 2016 winners are:

- Isabella Lazzareschi, first place
- Rebecca Liberatore, second place
- Devon Hayes, third place

- Devon Hayes, first place
- Taylor Steinbeck, second place
- Katie Girvan, third place

Editors’ Choice – Poetry
- Despy Boutris

Editors’ Choice – Fiction
- Hunter Laningham
- Harrison Trubitt

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive prize money, half of which was donated by poet and Cal Poly alumna Jocelyn Knowlton and her husband, Bruce Knowlton, of Knowlton Brothers Furniture in Nipomo.

Free copies of Byzantium will be available at the event.

Steynberg Gallery is located at 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.

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