Cal State L.A. Graduate Student
Los Angeles, CA Â Graduate student Elaine Howell, a student of Cal State L.A. creative writing professor Mary Bush (English), was first runner-up in the 2003 23rd annual international Imitation Hemingway Contest, sponsored by Hemispheres, United Airlines in-flight magazine. The magazine announced the winners in this monthÂs issue.
Howell, a writer, an editor at UCLAÂs Graduate School of Education, and a creative writing student in Cal State L.A.Âs English M.A. Program, heard about the competition through her class with Bush. Her entry, ÂThe Sun Also Rises in Hundred Acre Woods,Â follows Piglet as he attempts to escape tormenting memories of the Christopher Robin War by downing shots of honey at PoohÂs Place. ÂMilneÂs character, Piglet, seems like the perfect Hemingway hero (anti-hero?) to meÂriddled with anxiety and fear, emasculated and unempowered, melancholic, quietly tortured,Â Howell says. ÂIÂm sure if Milne had written a bar into Hundred Acre Woods, Piglet would be a regular.Â
Hemispheres is a critically acclaimed award-winning magazine. It is mentioned annually in The Best American Short Stories, and has published the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.
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