2018 Prize Winners


2018 Literary & Photography Prize Winners

Prize winner: “guns, drugs, homos” by Sarah Adams
This poem is a powerful recounting of the poet’s psychological and cultural transactions on his/her/their last day in Prague. It’s an appropriately lower-case travelogue through the “soft underbelly of the city.” As we follow the poet’s little “i” around, we and the poet watch it lose track of itself, the poem formally lurching forward in loose tetrameter and the first three stanzas failing to solve, resolve, or dissolve that self’s place on the map. Most impressive is the way the poem stages and then reflects on a moment’s miscommunication between the poet and a shop clerk. At first, the clerk seems to speak the poet’s political language. But then, in a masterful quatrain, the poet reveals just how much is lost in translation when two ways of seeing the world fail to gain purchase on each other. What’s left is a silence that chills, a recognition that no souvenir can ever capture the truly painful moments of cultural exchange, or the profound self-insight such a moment leaves behind as its own sad memento.
read guns, drugs, homos

Runner-up: “Estoy En…” by Alan Codner
This is a comics travelogue with a sharp eye trained mostly on the writer-artist’s own humorous fears and shortcomings. Its series of observations about the vagaries of travel and navigating a sometimes scary new place, however, are less comedic fodder than they are wise advice. Reading it, I felt as if I was listening to a friend confiding to me all the little strangenesses that might make travel and trying to communicate in another language an unenjoyable hassle. But, says my friend, it’s precisely such strangeness that offers the greatest rewards if we travel not to be comforted, but to explore.
read “Estoy En…”

Photography Winner: “Positano, Amalfi Coast” by Lauren Beaver, judged by Amanda Lenig
“It was an honor to be asked to judge the photography competition for Flagship: Global Experiences Magazine this year. It was a difficult decision and all the students who entered their work should feel proud of their craft and accomplishments. The photos were well executed from subject matter, to mood; creativity, to color composition; and all truly captured a moment in culture and time. One photo, however, rose to the top of the list. The image titled, Positano, Amalfi Coast , captured not only the beauty of the landscape but offered a wonderful moment into the life of travelers to the area. The juxtaposition of the colorful and breathtaking backdrop, to that of the weary and varied foreground crowd offers an authentic representation of a moment in time, travel and emotion. Well done and congrats to Lauren Beaver!”
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Positano, Amalfi Coast



2017 Photos:

Bernina Express Train, Pontresina, Switzerland
Christina Martin, 2018

Mackenzie Patten, 2017

Goðafoss at 10:00 PM
Maura Geiselman, 2018

View from the Top of Diamond Head
Amy Anderson, 2017

Abby Conway, 2018

Abby Conway, 2018

Volcanic Roads
Mackenzie Patten, 2017

Chelsea Barner, 2017

Seventeenth Century Canal Ring, Amsterdam
Christina Martin

Cliffs of Moher
Keri Brady-Benzing, 2018

Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle
Emily Teitsworth, 2017

Rocky Beach between Lake Höfðavatn and Skagafjörður
Maura Geiselman, 2018

Rainbows, Achill Island
Keri Brady-Benzing, 2018

Enoshima Island

By: Remy Perez

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remy perez is a graphic design major from Danville, Pennsylvania,
who moved up from Miami when she was six years old. Aside from graphic
design, she enjoys engaging in fine arts, photography, music, and video
games. Remy loves to travel and has greatly enjoyed her time abroad in Tokyo
this past summer and her foreign exchange to Finland prior to college.
She hopes to travel more while still pursuing her passions in language,
travel, and the arts.

Staircase in Archanes, Crete

By: Jessica Nirvana Ram

Staircase in Archanes, Crete

jessica nirvana ram is a senior Creative Writing major and Psychology
minor. She is from Queens, NY and then Royersford, PA and then
Selinsgrove, PA and soon to be, who knows where. Jess is a designer, performance
poet, memoirist, and photographer. She went abroad to Greece
for two weeks in the summer of 2017. Her photography has previously
been published in Rivercraft and Essay Magazine.

Edge of Amalfi Coast

By: Sarena Pollock

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sarena pollock is a sophomore currently studying Creative Writing
and Sociology. She is the secretary of SU Slam Poetry, assistant editor of
an upcoming LGBT+ literary magazine on campus, and Flagship’s next
designer. As an aspiring writer and studio artist, she is also enhancing her
skills in photography, and took advantage of the beautiful landscapes in
Italy over her spring break of senior year of high school.

Fountain in Terezín Square

By: Sarah Adams

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sarah adams is a senior History and English Literature major who
enjoys photography and writing. Sarah usually prefers to photograph inanimate
objects, but did branch out and photograph a pair of geese the other
day. Sarah’s other favortie pastimes include making awful puns, voluntarily
going to the movies alone, and watching bad recorder covers on YouTube.