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McKinney Writing Contest Winners Announced

Twenty-two students were awarded prizes in categories of graduate and undergraduate fiction/drama, poetry, essay, and electronic media as part of the 2011 McKinney Writing Contest.

The contest also included an appearance and reading by Susan Choi, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and rising star of the American literary scene.

The full list of student winners is available on the website of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at

Choi was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel American Women (2003), based on the 1974 kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army. The USA Today reviewer said, “Choi gives us an intelligently rendered book that reminds us how fascinating Hearst’s story — and the times that spawned it — really were.”

Her most recent book is A Person of Interest (2008), a thriller about a mild-mannered Asian-American math professor falsely accused of killing prominent scientists with mail bombs.

The McKinney Writing Contest was created in 1941 as an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students at Rensselaer to display their original works of fiction, drama, poetry, essay, and, more recently, electronic or mixed media. This year, students submitted more than 160 entries. Contest results were announced as part of the reading and awards ceremony on April 14.

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