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2021 - Helen Hofling Wins Arts & Letters’ 2021 Unclassifiable Contest

Unclassifiable Contest Winner AnnouncementHelen Hofling’s series of visual poetry “ARMORY” has been selected by Michael Martone as the winner of Arts & Letters’ 2021 Unclassifiable Contest.

The Unclassifiable Contest is an annual contest for “unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels.” “ARMORY,” a series of collage/poems/schematics that take inspiration from medieval armories, will be published by Arts & Letters in Spring 2022.

Judge’s comments on “ARMORY”: The “author” is dead–no news there–but the “writer” and the writing endures. But what does the writer do now when the writer writes with this incredible powerful typesetting machine connected to the world wide web? Well, you do this. You begin to collapse the categories of writer, editor, typesetter, publisher, designer, illustrator, printer. Long live the media artist, the artist mediator, the rewritten “righter.” –Michael Martone

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Michelle Tran


Michelle’s relationships with mentors and faculty have helped her gain internship experience and build a writing portfolio in preparation for her future career