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Students' Poetry Published in Emerging Artists Anthology

Katie DuBoff - April 9, 2021

Isabella Rice and Bel AcostaIsabel (Bel) Acosta (pictured right) and Isabella Rice’s (pictured left) dreams of becoming published authors are coming true. Both students' poetry has been selected to be published in the New Voices Spring 2021 anthology by the Moonstone Arts Center.

This is the first publication for both of the aspiring writers.

“I was shocked when I was accepted into the anthology,” said Rice ’21. “Besides submitting to Thorn, the campus literary magazine, this was my first time being published. It's an incredible honor and I feel so grateful, though, admittedly, it was a little scary to put private thoughts and feelings out in the open like that. But I'm glad I did it, because to me, that's part of being a writer.”

Poetry is deeply personal for Rice. While she is new to writing poetry, Rice has long enjoyed reading it. She plans to continue writing after she graduates in May. 

“I love reading poetry,” said Rice. “It's a fantastic form of expression. I started writing poetry last year as I was coming out, and it really helped me figure things out. I love being able to put the feelings that can be hard to talk about on the page in this incredibly beautiful way. I’m still figuring out plans for after graduation. I know that no matter what I decide, I'm going to continue working on my writing and hopefully I'll be published again.”

Acosta ’22 can also attest to the hard work that goes into becoming a published author.  

“I can honestly say that I never expected myself to be published at the age of twenty,” said Acosta ’22. “I have been submitting my work to multiple literary magazines, but so far had not been accepted. However, I kept working at it even when my motivation was crushed to become a writer. Finally having someone say that my work was good enough made me realize why I started writing in the first place. I write because it helps me express who I am, and I want to relate to my audience and show them that emotions are okay to feel.”

Acosta, an English and Communications major with a Studio Art & Design minor, participated in Moonstone Arts Center’s virtual poetry reading on April 10 via Zoom. 

Moonstone Arts Center is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that hosts weekly readings and publishes poetry anthologies and chapbooks that feature local poets. New Voices is Moonstone Arts Center’s program that features poets under
the age of 25, encouraging high school and college students alike to submit their poetry. 

“This publication will be my first, but I strive for it to not be my last,” she said. “Moonstone was my first step to achieving my goal, and I couldn’t be anymore grateful for them! This is just the beginning of my journey, and I don’t plan on it ending anytime soon.”