This summer, William Smith senior Lauren Wells had a poem published in Burner Magazine, a digital pop art magazine. The publication chose Wells’ poem, “Mr. Barnard’s Sanity Clinic for Fucked Up Individuals,” for their Revolutionaries issue.
Wells, an English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in media and society, was inspired to submit her work to the magazine because she admires the way in which they combine the visual arts with the written word.
“I had seen a lot of their past issues and thought it was definitely the type of magazine I would like to write for,” says Wells.
Wells explains the inspiration and story behind her poetry is derived from her experience in Assistant Professor of English Karl Parker’s Advanced Poetry Workshop last semester.
“Professor Parker had us writing in our journals every day, so this came from his class and his inspirational work with us,” she says.
On campus Wells writes for Thel, the Colleges’ literary magazine and The Herald, while also working for WHWS-FM as a host for her own radio show. She is also involved in the music scene around campus and in the Geneva community, planning concert events and booking shows.
Wells spent her sophomore spring semester abroad in London pursuing her writing interests. She will spend next semester in Perth, Australia.