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The Best Text Collection is one way the Writing Program (WP) works to highlight and circulate texts created by University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) students for writing courses at all undergraduate levels. Texts are reviewed and prepared for publication by graduate writing instructors, further deepening the WP focus on mentoring teachers of writing on inclusive pedagogical practices by extending these practices to graduate level instruction.

Published annually, each issue presents projects created for any Writing, Identity, & Power (ENGLWRIT111), College Writing (ENGLWRIT112/112H), or Junior Year Writing courses written by current UMass Amherst undergraduate students.

Current Volume: Volume 2 2021

111: Writing, Identity, and Power

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The Power of Storytelling
Sullivan Sears

First place

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Public Education Funding
Aleksandra Lakis

Third place

112/112H: College Writing

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Lessons from the Central Tower
Grace Lee

First place

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Mental Health Within Rap
Aneri Patel

Second place

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We Are Hurt but We are Not Surprised
Hengie Patricia Isidore

Third place

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Love at Half-Mast
Andrea Tchesnovsky

Honorable Mention

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Psychology: Yet Another System Built for Men
Caitlin Connors

Honorable Mention

112/112H: Multimodal

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A Hate Train Born from a Virus
Jonathan Dees

Third place

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Okjökull
Diana Ishutina

Honorable Mention

Junior Year Writing

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The Space Between White Lines
Allysa Cayabyab

Best Long

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Why Haven’t I Heard of Voseo
Aviva Palencia

First place

Publication Editors

Dina Al Qassar
Elkie Burnside
Rutendo Chidzozo
Grayson Chong
Timothy Ong
Nana Prempeh
Bukem Reitmayer
Junling Zhu

Contest Selection Committee

Dina Al Qassar
Elkie Burnside
Rutendo Chidzozo
Grayson Chong
Yvette Ndlovu
Timothy Ong
Nana Prempeh
Bukem Reitmayer
Junling Zhu