BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University English majors Jay Phillips and Victoria Goff have been recognized for their poetic talents — they are the winner and runner-up, respectively, of Appalachian’s 2020–21 Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing competition.
The Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship is an annual award for Appalachian juniors or seniors enrolled full time and majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. The competition, which takes place each spring semester, alternates annually between the genres of poetry and prose (fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting).
Phillips, a junior from Charlotte, was awarded a $3,649 scholarship for her poems “Only,” “Almost,” “it’s 1:54 am and i’m st*ned” and “Nigrescence.” This spring, Phillips was recognized with the 2020 Margie Idol Scholarship in poetry as part of Appalachian’s fall 2019 creative writing scholarship competition, giving her back-to-back wins in the Department of English’s fall 2019 and spring 2020 creative writing scholarship competitions.
Poet Jacinta White, who served as the final judge for the Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship competition, said, “Jay’s poetry slams the page with such clear rawness that you’re drawn in immediately. Here, the craft of poetry serves as a container for which metaphors and history guide your gaze inside of a life — ours and the poet’s — and you’re on a journey into what may be unfamiliar. This is what great storytelling does, and Jay’s poetry does just that.”
White is the author of “Resurrecting the Bones: Born from a Journey through African American Churches & Cemeteries in the Rural South” (Press 53, 2019) and will appear as the first author in Appalachian’s virtual fall 2020 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.
Goff, a junior from Akron, Ohio, was recognized as the runner-up for her poems “Whirlpool,” “How to Flip a Record,” “Leaving the Living Room” and “Generation Z.”
“Inside Victoria’s poems you find more poems mirroring what is missing, what has fallen, what is broken and what has been left unsaid,” White said. “Her commanding lines whisper for us to come closer and invite us to, perhaps, see something differently.”
The Truman Capote Literacy Trust Scholarship is supported through a fund endowed by the late author’s estate to support scholarships in Appalachian’s creative writing program.
Next year’s Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship competition will be in prose. Learn more about this scholarship opportunity and others in the Department of English.
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