Ms. Erin Pennington, formerly the sophomore English teacher at Carmi-White County High School, was recently notified that two of her poems have been selected for publication. New Scriptor, which is a forum for Illinois educators, has chosen the poems "Blue Collar Man" and "Life" to be published in the latest volume.
New Scriptor is produced by Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The mission of the journal "is to provide a forum for educators to exhibit their fiction, poetry, drama, art, and expository writing." Only 12 to18 poems are included per issue. The selections are chosen in the spring by a panel of editors and the yearly copy is dispersed in the fall.
Ms. Pennington's poetry has appeared in the 2013, 2010, and 2009 issues of the journal. Poems selected in the past include "Cancer?," "Big Muddy (River) Girl" and "Over." Monetary awards are not provided, but each winning author is given a free copy of the book in which their work appears.
"It is always an honor to see my work in print," said Pennington. "My plan is to someday have a volume of poetry published. I guess once an English teacher, always an English teacher." Pennington and her daughter, Taylor, who is 20, have resided in Carmi since 2000. She initially moved the area to accept an English teaching position at Carmi-White County High School. She taught sophomore English for 10 years and creative writing for eight. She is now serving in the capacity of full-time Special Education teacher. Pennington is also a part-time columnist for The Carmi Times.
Ms. Pennington is currently submitting her poetry manuscript to chapbook contests in hopes of having her first book published.