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Le Moyne Students Garner Two of the Top Three Prizes in James Joyce Writing Contest

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne students took first and third prize in the 2008 James Joyce Scholarship Writing Contest. The awards were presented at the 15th annual Bloomsday celebration, held this year at The Redhouse in Syracuse on Monday, June 16.

Colin Taisey, Le Moyne class of 2009, took first prize for his short story titled “Proper Servitude,” inspired by “The Dead” from “Dubliners.” In addition to a cash prize, he was given a rare edition copy of Joyce’s “Exiles” (1919, German translation) along with an English translation of the work. The award was presented as a tribute to Nancy Duffy, a longtime reporter in Syracuse and devoted Joyce Club member who passed away in 2006.

Molly Wilber, Le Moyne class of 2011, was awarded third prize for her essay, “Contrasting Sensory Details in ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a YoungMan.’”

Cornell University student Meaghan McMahon won second place for her essay, “A Dramaturgical Perspective of ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.’”

This year’s marathon reading event followed a Dublin-style Bloomsday. A diverse group of leaders from the media, theater, academic, literature, political and sports arenas in the Syracuse community read their own selections of Joyce’s writings, followed by a public reading of James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses,” in which all the events take place on the same day, June 16, (1904) in Dublin. The day takes its name from the protagonist of the novel, Leopold Bloom.

posted on: 6/18/2008