Penn State Harrisburg students win writing awards

Samantha Bixler, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a first-year student enrolled at Penn State Harrisburg, has received two prestigious awards for her writing.

Her poem "Like Clockwork" was chosen as this year's winner of Penn State Harrisburg's Academy of American Poets Prize. The award is funded via a private donation in memory of Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008. Bixler’s poem will be published in the next issue of Penn State Harrisburg's literary magazine “From the Fallout Shelter.”

Additionally, Bixler won the Edward J. Nichols Nonfiction Prize for her essay "How to Grow Up." The winning essay will be published in an upcoming issue of “Kalliope,” Penn State’s student literary journal. The Edward J. Nichols Memorial Award in Writing is given annually by the College of the Liberal Arts for fiction and creative nonfiction writing.

Kristian Beverly, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a junior majoring in English in the college’s School of Humanities, was a finalist in the Central PA Writing contest for her short story titled “Under the Apple Tree.” Beverly also had artwork displayed in gallery shows in the region.