Recipients of the 2009 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Literary Arts


Sarah E. SmithSarah E. Smith

Graduate Student - Michener Center for Writers

Sarah E. Smith grew up in Greene County, Pennsylvania. In May of 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers.



Literary Works (click to view)

BEDROOM COMMUNITY


WHY I AM NOT FAMOUS


THAT WAS THE YEAR WE REPLACED OUR MOUTHS WITH ORCHIDS







Johnny MeyerJohnny Meyer

Undergraduate Student - College of Liberal Arts

Johnny Meyer grew up in Dallas, New Orleans, and Kansas City, and joined the Army on January 2, 2001 as an Airborne Infantryman. After completing Ranger school and serving a tour in Afghanistan, he moved to Austin and began attending college. During this time, he completed the first draft of his novel, American Volunteers. In August of 2006, he was called back into the Army for a tour in Baghdad, Iraq.

Meyer's novel looks at the inherent conflict between foreign war and American values by observing the actions of an isolated infantry squad patrolling the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The book's chapters alternate between verse and prose.



Literary Works (click to view)

Chapter One, American Volunteers in July 20xx


Chapter Twenty-Two, God Watches Someone Lose Face (PDF)




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