Bronze Man Books releases anthology of student essays, 'Millikin's
Premier Writers 2013'
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[March 26, 2014]
Bronze Man Books has announced the publication of an anthology of
first-year student essays, "Millikin's Premier Writers 2013."
Released this month, the book is comprised of five student essays,
editor introductions and front matter from the Millikin's Premier
The selected essays are from the winners of the Millikin's Premier
Writers Contest last spring. From 34 original submissions, five
essays were selected to "represent the very best research-driven
critical inquiries of the 2012-2013 incoming class," said Dr.
Carmella Braniger, associate professor of English and director of
first-year writing at Millikin. The winning authors worked
extensively with individual editors to produce high-quality
This is the inaugural printing of the publication as
students seek to establish Millikin's Premier Writers Contest as a
tradition at Millikin University. MPW aims to further the ways
students can engage in Millikin's mission statement: to prepare
students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a
global environment, and a life of meaning and value. In particular,
the program seeks to uphold the Millikin goal of incorporating
performance learning as a part of student development.
"This publication is an outstanding example of performance
learning, featuring the work of first-year students," said Dr. Randy
Brooks, dean of Millikin University's College of Arts & Sciences.
"The essays were researched and written in critical reading,
research and writing courses in 2013. These essays were presented in
an essay competition at the 2013 Celebrations of Scholarship in
April 2013. A team of advanced student editors worked with each
student to improve the essays and prepare them for publication in
this book, designed and published by the students who run Bronze Man
Books. The book will be used by students in this year's critical
reading, research and writing courses."
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An event to celebrate the release of the publication will take
place on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Lower Richard's Treat University
Center on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open
to the public.
As part of this event, Bronze Man Books will celebrate the
printing of the winning essays from the MPW Contest. A variety of
speakers will be featured, including MPW coordinators, Bronze Man
Books representatives, and student authors and editors. Copies of
the book will be available for purchase at the event.
Brittany Mytnik, lead editor of the publication and a senior
English writing major from Plainfield, said: "I am very grateful to
have been witness to brilliant writing and to have been a part of
the beginning of something so innovative and exciting. We have a
real, published anthology to hold in our hands, a substantial
indicator of how far we have come."
Bronze Man Books, a student-owned and operated press on
Millikin's campus in Decatur, was established in spring 2006. For
more information about Bronze Man Books and "Millikin's Premier
Writers 2013," visit
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