Shorter stu­dent pub­lishes cre­ative non-fic­tion work

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Rome, GA — Shorter Univer­sity se­nior English ma­jor Han­nah Cau­then con­tin­ues to build suc­cess as a writer. A cre­ative flash non­fic­tion piece she wrote ti­tled “In- Betweens” was re­cently ac­cepted for pub­li­ca­tion in the “Beau­ti­ful Things” sec­tion of River Teeth: A Jour­nal of Non­fic­tion Nar­ra­tive.

“Pub­lish­ing with a jour­nal like River Teeth, one of the most pres­ti­gious cre­ative non- f i ction pub­li­ca­tions out there, speaks vol­umes about Han­nah’s tal­ent and her keen ed­i­to­rial eye,” said Dr. Angie O’Neal, who serves as the Joan Alden Spei­del Chair of English, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of English, and chair of the Depart­ment of English, Mod­ern Lan­guages and Lib­eral Arts at Shorter Univer­sity. “Han­nah is a thought­ful and de­lib­er­ate writer, and I’m de­lighted to see others em­brac­ing her work. She is def­i­nitely one to watch.”

“Cre­ative flash non­fic­tion isn’t a widely known genre,” Cau­then said. “Some only think of non­fic­tion as bland, straight­for­ward writ­ing, but cre­ative non­fic­tion in­cludes the cap­ti­vat­ing lan­guage and sto­ry­telling we as­so­ci­ate with fic­tion. It’s a com­pelling genre that I en­cour­age peo­ple to seek out.”

To be con­sid­ered a flash piece, a work must be 250 words or less, she added.

Cau­then was also one of five Shorter Univer­sity stu­dents to have their po­etry ac­cepted for the forth­com­ing an­thol­ogy, “Ge­or­gia’s Best Emerg­ing Po­ets,” which is be­ing pub­lished by Z Pub­lish­ing. She has also had her work fea­tured in The Chimes, Shorter’s lit­er­ary mag­a­zine and the univer­sity’s long­est run­ning pub­li­ca­tion.

“As a writer who is just get­ting into the vast, in­tim­i­dat­ing world of pub­lish­ing, it’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to see your work pub­lished,” Cau­then said. “Sim­ply put, it means some­one read your work and thought, ‘ This is good. This means some­thing. The world needs to see this.’ It’s the validation ev­ery­one needs to keep pur­su­ing his or her pas­sion; no mat­ter what your pas­sion is, you want to feel like you’re of­fer­ing some­thing to the world.”

Dr. Fabrice Poussin, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of English and French at Shorter, praised Cau­then’s abil­ity as a writer.

“The power of Han­nah’s words comes from the del­i­cate­ness with which she con­ceives her writ­ing,” he said. “A seem­ingly shy per­son, it is ev­i­dent that she re­serves her im­mense courage, pas­sion, and war­rior- like mo­ti­va­tion for the pen. The pub­li­ca­tion of her work in at least two dif­fer­ent mag­a­zines, as well as an an­thol­ogy, is a testimony to that car­ing warmth which she ex­cels at paint­ing through her lines.”

He added, “Han­nah does not ap­pear to seek out suc­cess; it finds her. Her po­etry and flash fic­tion can now be read through­out the world. She rep­re­sents what Shorter Univer­sity does ev­ery day, and that is to lead stu­dents to the high­est level to the high­est level of achieve­ment in the field they have cho­sen.”

Cau­then cred­its the in­struc­tion and en­cour­age­ment she has re­ceived from Shorter Univer­sity fac­ulty with pre­par­ing her for suc­cess as a writer.

“I would not be pub­lished if it were not for Dr. Angie O’Neal and Dr. Fabrice Poussin,” she said. “I’ve had five writ­ing classes with Dr. O’Neal so she has ob­vi­ously had a huge im­pact on my writ­ing dur­ing my time at Shorter. Look­ing back at my writ­ing f rom f resh­man year, I’ve changed and im­proved so much, largely due to her in­spir­ing teach­ing and en­cour­age­ment. Dr. O’Neal has also been pub­lished in River Teeth’s ‘Beau­ti­ful Things’ se­ries, and I con­sider it the high­est honor to be fea­tured in the same pub­li­ca­tion.”

Cau­then added, “Dr. Poussin is one of the most en­cour­ag­ing and help­ful pro­fes­sors at Shorter; he has al­ways re­as­sured me of my abil­i­ties and is con­tin­u­ally will­ing to give ad­vice and find re­sources for stu­dents. It’s ob­vi­ous that his main goal is to see stu­dents suc­ceed and cel­e­brate their ac­com­plish­ments. Dr. Kathi Vo­se­vich has also taught me so much about pro­fes­sion­al­ism and crit­i­cal think­ing that I feel con­fi­dent in my abil­ity to en­ter the work­force and po­ten­tially mar­ket my­self as a writer in the fu­ture.

“If it weren’t for Shorter’s in­cred­i­ble fac­ulty, I would not be where I am to­day,” she said.

In ad­di­tion to ma­jor­ing in English, Cau­then is mi­nor­ing in Pro­fes­sional Writ­ing. She has plans to marry her fi­ancé, Jonathan Han­nah, who is also a stu­dent at Shorter, in the sum­mer of 2018.

“We’re plan­ning on stay­ing in Rome,” she said. “I have a job lined up that has noth­ing to do with writ­ing, but that’s the way it is for a lot of writ­ers. I would love to work in the writ­ing/pub­lish­ing/edit­ing field even­tu­ally, but I think it’ll be good for me to work out­side of the writ­ing world for now. Some of the best writ­ing I’ve read has been by doc­tors, so­cial work­ers, teach­ers, etc.; the most im­pact­ful writ­ing is of­ten con­crete and re­lat­able, and that comes from in­ter­act­ing with the world on a daily ba­sis.”

Cau­then serves as edi­tor in chief of The Chimes and is a mem­ber of the Al­pha Delta Pi soror­ity. She is the daugh­ter of Bob Cau­then and Vir­ginia Cau­then of Villa Rica.

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