The American poet Robert Frost said, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”
Three William Woods University students are being recognized for finding the words and expressing their emotions through their poetry.
The students, all members of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, have had their work selected for presentation at the honor society’s international convention.
Katricia Pierson, WWU assistant professor of English and Sigma Tau Delta sponsor, called it “quite an honor” and said she was extremely proud of the students—Christina Engeman of Oak Grove, Mo., Adam Million of Boonville, Mo., and Barbie Parnacott of Gladstone, Mo.
Sigma Tau Delta’s 2005 International Convention will be held March 16-20 in Kansas City, Mo.
Engeman, a senior with a major in American Sign Language interpreting and a minor in English, is the daughter of Mark and Linda Engeman. She submitted two poems under the collective title “Forever You Shall Be Loved.” Both were written after her grandfather passed away in July.
Despite her success with these poems, she doesn’t know how much more she will write. “Writing was an emotional release after everything I’d gone through,” she said.
Engeman will do an internship in ASL interpreting next fall. After graduation in December, she hopes to find an interpreting job in mid-Missouri and later in the Kansas City area.
Unlike Engeman, Million has been writing since he was a freshman in high school, and he plans to continue.
“I became really interested in writing during my junior year when I took my first year of creative writing. I also had an excellent teacher who related well to my writing style, so it became very encouraging to write and experiment with different ideas.”
He said he enjoys writing poetry and songs, but is currently working on a screenplay, while mulling over different ideas he has for a series of short stories.
The son of Tom Million and Janice Cooper, Million is finishing his last semester of undergraduate study where he is pursuing a bachelor of arts in English with minors in both film studies and sociology. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in English or a master of fine arts in creative writing.
Parnacott, the daughter of Richard and Patricia Parnacott, will graduate in May with a major in English and a minor in psychology. She, too, plans to attend graduate school—either to study English literature or creative writing.
Her entry in the competition was titled “31 Flavors of Love: A Taste.” It consisted of eight poems, all written during college, either in creative writing classes or on her own.
Parnacott said she writes because she has been inspired by what she has read and would like to contribute something of her own. She “loves words,” but she admits she does a lot more thinking than writing.
“Some end up on the page,” she said.