Koltin Thompson, a 2014 TWC graduate with a B.S. in English, had two poems chosen for publications in the Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Journal of Creative Writing (Volume 90, 2015). These publications reflect well on Koltin, entitled “Go Down to Jordan” and “Three Days.” Koltin is now pursuing an MFA at the University of Memphis. He plans to earn an Ph.D. and become a professor.
Koltin chose to write a statement: “During my time at TWC, I found so much encouragement from the faculty. From taking as many of Dr. Elizabeth Ruleman’s classes as possible, to spending hours in Dr. Shaun Morgan’s office discussing graduate school, to exploring the origins of the English language with Dr. Schiavoni, I found that the professors here are not only at the top of their games, but they are all–at the core of their being–the sort of professors that I long to be. Because of this, I knew that seeking publication and pursuing graduate degrees was a necessity. Through their guidance, endless encouragement, and daily inspiration (and some fantastic letters of recommendation!), I got accepted to the University of Memphis, where I am pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing.
Two of my poems recently appeared in The Rectangle, Sigma Tau Delta’s annual literary journal, and I owe that success largely to the exceptional faculty here at TWC. Without their love, support, and constructive criticism, I doubt my word would be even a fraction of what it is today. I would also like to thank the Durham Fourth Floor Couch, which provided a place to eat, to nap, to write, to read and to people-watch. We’ve a good run, Couchy; we’ve had a good run.”
Koltin has left a positive mark on the English department, and, through his writing, has left a legacy worthy of modeling oneself after. Koltin has been a pleasure in and out of class through the years. As a model student for the English department, Mr. Thompson has done this college institution well.