HEAR FROM A WILSON WOMAN...
MELANIE FAITH, '99
Melanie Faith ’99 went on to earn her MFA degree from Queens University. Today, Melanie is a celebrated poet. Her second book of poetry was just released to rave reviews.
As a Wilson English major, I found both the literary guidance and the intellectual freedom necessary for growth as a writer. I learned that polishing a piece is as important to the writing process as the initial spark of creation. Serving on the staff of The Bottom Shelf Review literary magazine as well as The Billboard gave me insight into the publishing process and into the editor's role and interaction with the writer. The creative writing course I took my senior year gave me the foundation to start seeking external publication for my work. I will never forget rushing into my evening class to show my professor my first acceptance letter from a literary journal—for a short story I had written as part of a class assignment. While at Wilson, I encountered Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own as well as completing an honors thesis about women writers and the writing process, both of which continue to influence my own path as a writer.