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Marygrove College Announced Writing Contest Winners

DETROIT, April 7, 2017 — Marygrove College’s Department of English and Modern Languages is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Amy S. McCombs and Frederick P. Currier Writing Award held in conjunction with the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. This year's winners are:

Joseph Myrick, III, “Deconstructing the Superhero Trope in Incognegro,” essay. Myrick, a two-time winner of the McCombs Currier writing award, is a senior English major with a minor in psychology. He is also a freelance writer and photographer and currently serves as president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society.

Alysia Kennedy, “The Long-Lasting Effects of the Past: Postcolonialism in Loving Day,” essay. Kennedy is a junior majoring in English with a minor in psychology. She chose an English major because of its versatility; the critical thinking and communication skills gained from an English major will prepare her for just about anything. Upon graduation, she hopes to travel the world and learn about different cultures.

Chase Turner, “The Fight for Equality: Examining Sacrifice in Incognegro,” essay. Turner is a junior with a double-major in English and social science. He is a Marygrove student-athlete who plays centerfield for the baseball team. After graduating, Chase plans to attend law school to become an attorney, with the goal of becoming a legislator.

The Amy S. McCombs and Frederick P. Currier Writing Awards are cash prizes given annually to students whose essays, fiction, or poetry best express the spirit of the work of the visiting author in Marygrove College’s Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.

This year marks the 29th Contemporary American Authors Lecture, and features a reading and book signing by fiction writer and graphic novelist Mat Johnson, which will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit





Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College’s commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit at 8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221;