By Caliesha Comley
After receiving hundreds of entries from writers across the Commonwealth, “Kentucky Monthly” magazine released the names of the winners of their sixth annual Writer’s Showcase. Among the list of honored names was Jennifer Beckett.
Beckett graduated from Georgetown College in 1998. During her times as a student, Beckett served as the editor-in-chief of The Georgetonian and has now returned as the newspaper’s adviser. She also currently teaches English and French at Scott County High School.
Beckett has also worked as a professional journalist. Her most recently published poem, “Growing Pains,”earned her recognition from “Kentucky Monthly” magazine’s Penned 2013 contest as one of only seven poets to be featured in the November issue.
Elizabeth Sands Wise, married to Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise of the philosophy department is another winner in the competition for her poem, “The Shortest of Seconds.” This poem reflects on a meal she shared with former GC professor Gwen Curry.
Another Georgetown graduate and former editor of the The Georgetonian, Leif Erickson, was recognized for his creative non-fiction piece, “Marvin and Lily.” His piece was published alongside Beckett’s and Sands Wise’s poetry.
Beckett reflects on the recognition saying, “I was pleased to see works by so many writers with GC connections. I know that my years at GC positively influenced both the writer and the person I have become.”