Two Creative Writing Graduate Students Share 2020 Plork Award
May 15, 2020
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Jeremy Boyd and Bryonna Sieck, students in the University of Baltimore's MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts, are co-winners of the 2020 Plork Award. The award honors a graduate student whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the MFA program, exhibiting extraordinary creativity, originality and imagination in the integration of creative writing and book design. The recipient is always a giving and collaborative community member as well.
"Selection among our excellent students is never easy," said Betsy Boyd, assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design and director of the MFA. "This semester of quarantine brought new, formerly unimaginable challenges. Bryonna surpassed each creative goal she set this thesis year, from writing to design to the creation of her stellar handmade element; she was also involved in helping others, and there's nothing more Plorky than that. Jeremy wrote, edited, and produced a lovely book of poems; he also made time to tirelessly support the production process of several of his fellow thesis students. In his professors' view, he helped those students over the last crucial hurdles of their MFA careers, at an especially stressful moment in human history. Congratulations, Jeremy and Bryonna! You make us proud!"
Each award carries with it a $250 prize from the Klein Family School of Communications Design's Randolph Avery Fund.