Celebrating Published Works

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Literature & Arts

Mount Mercy Professor of English Mary Vermillion said it best: “Creativity always deserves to be celebrated.”

Whether it be winning an award for a published chapter, gathering with student-writers, or creating a magazine from scratch, the MMU community makes a point to celebrate creative success.

Below are three examples of how creative works are impacting our community and beyond.


English Professors Win International Award

English professors Carol Tyx and Mary Vermillion were among a small group who contributed to Service Learning and Literary Studies in English, which was honored with the 2017 Teaching Literature Book Award.

Their essay, “Literature Goes to Prison: A Reciprocal Service-Learning Project,” focused on the meaningful work done through the MMU student-run book club at Anamosa State Penitentiary.

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Corridor Literary Journals

Students published in literary journals at Mount Mercy, Coe, Cornell, and Kirkwood gathered on Sept. 6 to read and discuss their work during the first College Students Create: Celebrate  Corridor Literary Journals.

The Hook—a local non-profit that produces workshops and showcases spoken word, performance poetry, and live storytelling— was also on board.

Together, the groups aim to engage and expand the local creative community with the annual event.

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Mercy Creative Review

Courtney Snodgrass ’17 and Mary Vermillion, professor of English, have teamed up to do what they do best—produce meaningful work for others to enjoy.

Mercy Creative Review is the university’s first-ever, employee- and alumni-sourced literary and art magazine.

If interested in submitting for next year’s edition, contact Snodgrass at mercycreativereview@gmail.com.