Florida State University’s Kudzu Review hosted their Fall 2014 Winner’s Reading at Club Downunder this Tuesday. Showcasing the literary talents of undergraduate writers, the event allowed the winners and runners-up to present their winning work in addition to other pieces they chose to share.
The Kudzu Review is Florida State University’s undergraduate journal for literature & art. The Kudzu team provides open submissions and contests each semester for undergraduate students who wish to get their writing out into the literature-sphere through The Kudzu Review print and online publication.
At the reading event, winners of the Fall 2014 contest in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art presented both their winning pieces and additional work to provide the audience with a spectrum of work to appreciate and enjoy.
One writer who resounded with me was English major Patrick Sanfiel. His poem about Miami was read at the event along with three nonfiction short stories, called vignettes. His first piece—a poem—touched on the divide between the affluent parts of Miami and the cultural Cuban areas where he grew up. Explaining in articulate detail the differences between the two sides, the poem dug into Sanfiel’s childhood and feelings for Miami, the place he unquestionably calls “home.”
In addition to the poem, Sanfiel shared three vignettes. One of the vignettes titled, “Nochebuena,” was about the traditions expressed between Sanfiel and his family down in Miami on Christmas Eve. This one in particular captured my attention quickly with Sanfiel’s distinctly well-written explanations of the proceedings of the evening, starting with the familiar hugs and kisses.
Other writers shared their winning pieces and personal favorites, including a poem written as a reflection on a photograph and a fictional short story inspired by the author’s grandfather who managed a grand theft auto ring years ago. You can read all the winning literary work in The Kudzu Review’s Spring 2015 print issue.
If you would like the opportunity to have your work published or have any questions about getting your written pieces out there, you can visit the Kudzu Review website at http://english.fsu.edu/kudzu/ or the Kudzu Review Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheKudzuReview.
by ALLISON COUCH / staff writer