Washington & Jefferson College Student’s Work Featured in Two National Journals

Danielle Pelletier’s work was published in two national journals.

It really is a special thing that she’s accomplished. – David Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at W&J College.

Just days after her college graduation, Danielle Pelletier’s writing career is off to an auspicious start.

Poetry by Pelletier ’17, a Pittsburgh, Pa. native (high school: Barack Obama Academy of International Studies), was published in “The Susquehanna Review,” a national magazine for undergraduate students, and in “Permafrost,” a national professional publication where she is published alongside graduate students, professors in the field, and professional writers. Pelletier graduated from W&J College during its May 20 Commencement Ceremony.

The budding writer submitted her work to the literary journals as part of an advanced poetry course taught by David Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J). She was pleasantly surprised when after a few months, she received letters from both publications stating they would feature her poetry.

“I’m really happy,” Pelletier said. “Even when I got the acceptance letters, it didn’t really hit me until I actually got the books and saw the titles and my name.”

Clark acknowledged that it’s an impressive feat for an undergraduate student to be published the first time they send their work to literary journals, let alone in two publications. As Clark told his class, it can take years of submitting work before a writer gets something published.

“It really is a special thing that she’s accomplished,” he said. “I have never had a student do this in 10 years of teaching.”

Pelletier remains humble and is focusing on continuing to evolve her…

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