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UC celebrates publication of student art and literature journal

Williamsburg, Ky.— On Thursday, April 11th the English and Art Departments’ at University of the Cumberlands (UC) celebrated the 2013 publication of Pensworth, an online journal of literature and art submitted by students.

Pensworth began in 1985 as a creative outlet for students to submit original works. The celebration was held in the Joan Day foyer of the Grace Crum Rollins’ building on campus. Student contributors were invited to the celebration to read their works which included original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and artwork.

The guest speaker for the celebration was Matt Spencer (Auxier, KY). He began writing poetry at a young age and has been published in several small, student-run publications via the University of Kentucky, where he attended for undergrad. Spencer read several of his original poems to the crowd that gathered to celebrate the publication of this year’s Pensworth.

Contributors to this spring’s edition include: Rhyana Barker (Lily, KY), Rebecca Branham (Corbin, KY), Tyler Collins (Lexington, KY), Hayley Davis (Mt. Vernon, KY), Mythcah Godsey (Somerset, KY), Emily Hemphill (Edgewater, MD), Emily Kays (Painsville Township, OH), Jessica Meece (Somerset, KY), Jasmine Minke (Bellingham, WA), Hannah Roehrborn (Palatine, IL), Thomas Sakowich (Nicholasville, KY), Elizabeth Smith (Waynesburg, KY), and Madison Wesley (Somerset, KY).

Rebecca Branham, Emily Hemphill, and Madison Wesley were the student editors for this edition of Pensworth. Jamey Temple was the managing editor and faculty advisor along with Cory McClellan. Pensworth 2013 was sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and the English Department at UC.

This year’s Pensworth and past archived issues can be accessed online at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant