by Rebecca Renee Hess
Alpha Iota Upsilon Chapter
La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
“N’awlins, mom. It’s pronounced with a drawl,” I explained. Touristy knickknacks in hand and munching on a pecan praline, I maneuvered my way through the crowds on Canal Street, back toward the New Orleans Marriott and my final night in New Orleans. A first-year Sponsor and third-year convention attendee pro, I traveled to the 2012 Sigma Tau Delta Convention excited to fulfill my new role. As a volunteer moderator on a regional poetry panel that included our chapter President, I mentally prepared myself to ask dazzling and insightful questions that encouraged audience members to remain engaged and invested in modern prose, while not sounding like a complete nerd. [Read More]
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