Members from Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Kappa Delta, and National English Honors Society gathered from around the world to present their original academic and creative writing pieces at the 2019 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held March 27-30, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The international convention served as a networking and educational event for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni. In addition to attending academic and creative writing panels, convention-goers had several opportunities to attend career development panels such as “From Surviving to Thriving,” “Day Jobs for English Majors” and “Humanities Skills in the Workplace.” The keynote speakers for this year’s convention were authors Nnedi Okora for and Tess Taylor. Among the 700 presenters in attendance, three UMKC students presented their original work at this year’s annual convention.
Representing UMKC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta were secretary and junior Kara Walters, president and senior Rhiannon Minster, vice president and M.A. student Brynn Fitzsimmons, and member and M.F.A. student Chris Arnone.
Rhiannon, Brynn and Chris participated in a round table discussion called “Building a Better Genre Story.” Brynn presented her piece “Used-to Musician” on the panel “Creative Non-Fiction: Becoming Who We Are.” Chris Arnone presented two pieces: “On Both Sides” on the panel “Fiction: The Americans,” and “August 2018” on the panel “Poetic Responses to the Common Reader.” The 2019 Sigma Tau Delta Common Reader was Work & Days by Tess Taylor.
Next year’s Sigma Tau Delta International Convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 25-28, 2020, and will feature author Terry Tempest Williams as the keynote speaker.
This article was contributed by English major Kara Walters.