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Students Represent Boise State at National Literature Conference

By: Sherry Squires   Published 11:31 am / March 14, 2017

By Becca Burke

Five Boise State students received invitations to travel to Utah March 30- April 1 to present their writing at the annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC) at Weber State University.

NULC extends invitations to writers and poets from around North America to present their work each year. The students representing Boise State this year are:

John Barrie, a sophomore English major with a creative writing emphasis, will present his piece “Honest Injun” in the fiction category. Barrie has been an employee of Boise State for 13 years in Facilities Operations and Maintenance Management. Prior to working for Boise State, Barrie spent two years homeless and much of his writing is inspired by the experiences he had and the people he encountered during this time.

Becca Burke, a junior English major with a rhetoric and composition emphasis, will present a collection of poetry titled “Reflections in Time” and a nonfiction piece called “The Art of Dysfunction.” Burke is a part-time employee of the Office of Communications and Marketing. She is preparing to apply to graduate school and is a passionate advocate for students with disabilities and bringing disability awareness and inclusion to academia.

Kirby Carlson, a senior English major with a creative writing emphasis, will present a poetry collection titled “Deviating Reality Echoes.” Carlson will graduate in May 2017 and is exploring ways in which video games can be incorporated into education.

Darby Ebeling, a senior with a double major in philosophy and English with a poetry writing emphasis, will present “Oranges and Potable Water [Three Millennial Poems]” in the poetry category. Ebeling will graduate in May 2017 and writes music-related articles for The Arbiter.

Alexandra “Lex” Nelson, a senior English major with a creative writing emphasis, is unable to attend the conference but was invited to present her flash fiction piece, “Bittersweet,” in the fiction category. Nelson is passionate about creative nonfiction and journalism and reporting. Nelson is an officer with the English Majors Association and will be graduating in May 2017.

In addition to undergraduate student presentations, conference attendees can see presentations by important contemporary authors. NULC will feature presentations this year by Azar Nafisi, Lynda Barry and Matthew Olzmann. For more information or to attend NULC, visit