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Southeastern senior places second in Norton Anthology competition

Sally Pickens placed second in the Norton competition.

Sally Pickens placed second in the Norton competition.

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens finished second in the 2014 Norton Anthology oral interpretation competition.

Pickens is a senior from Durant and a member of Skip Robinson’s unique Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development. She is majoring in music and English.

College and high school students worldwide were invited to submit an original anthologies for almost a hundred years, offered four categories.

Pickens said, “I would like to thank all the people who have encouraged me in this endeavor, especially the professors at Southeastern. Although some of my votes came from around the world, the majority of them came from the campus community and the community of Durant, Oklahoma.

“It was a privilege to represent my university and my community in this world-wide competition.”

Pickens selected Sonnett 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Division.

The contest is open to a world-wide popular vote with the Norton editors determining the winner.

To finish second in international competition means the Norton editors and voters from around the world were highly impressed. Just being a finalist is quite an honor.

Pickens was assisted in her recitation by Southeastern student Tucker Brown.

Robinson said, “The fact that Sally was the second-place winner against international competition speaks to the talent and dedication of our students at Southeastern. She accepted the challenge to work on this project outside of her classroom schedule and represented our entire faculty and staff beautifully.

“The hundreds of votes by the Southeastern family verified our pride in her unique accomplishment.”

The contest received entries from such locations as Grayson College (Denison, Texas) to Northwestern University (Chicago), St. Stephens (North Carolina), Bradley University (Illinois), University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan), to the University of  Alaska (Anchorage).

Southeastern senior named finalist in Norton Anthology poetry contest

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens and Tucker Brown, who entered the 2013 Norton Anthology poetry contest with “How Do I Love Thee?”

Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Sally Pickens and Tucker Brown, who entered the 2013 Norton Anthology poetry contest with “How Do I Love Thee?”

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University senior Sally Pickens has been named one of four finalists in the 2013 Norton Anthology international poetry-reading contest.

Pickens is a graduate of Durant High School, a member of the Southeastern Chorale and a student of Skip Robinson’s  unique Center for Rhetoric and Professional Development. She is majoring in music and English. Her plans include traveling and possibly teaching.

Norton has been the gold standard for literary anthologies for almost a hundred years, containing the greatest literature of the world, along with introductions by the leading scholars of our time.

College and high school students were invited to submit an original video recitation of selected works. The works selected by the Norton editors were Sonnet 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Sonnet 130 (“My Mistress’ Eyes’’) by William Shakespeare; “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson; and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson.

Electronic technology has made it possible for entries to come from all over the world.

Pickens is a finalist in Sonnet 43 (“How Do I Love Thee?”) in the Elizabeth Barrett Browning Division. The poem is often considered the most romantic in literature. Pickens was assisted in her recitation by Southeastern student Tucker Brown.

The editors at Norton Publishers will determine the eventual winner. The contest, however, has been opened to a popular vote world-wide that will have some bearing on the decision of the judges.

Southeastern student Allen Fritts won the 2012 contest with his recitation of the poem, “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe.

To vote for Pickens, click on http://books.wwnorton.com/books/student-recitatation-contest-2013. Click on Sonnet 43. Pickens is the first to recite.

Voters can help Southeastern repeat as international winner in this prestigious Norton Anthology competition.