University of Northern Iowa Dept. of English Language and Literature student writing award of excellence for literary nonfiction/personal essay, 2008
For as long as I can remember I was constantly in my own little world. This was the case for most of my childhood and, well, is still the case to this day. While it may be more of a mental state these days, it was literal as I was growing up. This literal, physical world was my own backyard. I had a backyard worth boasting about; a backyard so inspiring that William Wordsworth himself would pump out a poem in five minutes or less. All right, so that might be a bit of an embellishment, especially considering he would have been turned off by the highway and all the noise that came with it, but it was beautiful nonetheless!
Department of English Language and Literature
2008 - John Wagner
Wagner, John, "Imagi-Nation" (2008). Student Writing Awards. 6.