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English Major's Short Story Selected for National Conference

Lubbock Christian University’s senior English and history major, Kenny Mahan, has been accepted to the 29th National Undergraduate Literature Conference (NULC) for his short story “Midknight: In Dark Canyons.” This short story was an assignment in Kenny’s creative writing class taught by Dr. Matt Byars.

“Kenny Mahan is a very talented writer,” says Dr. Byars. “The English faculty are pleased with his acceptance to a significant national conference, and we look forward to having him represent LCU in Utah.”

Kenny comments on the writing preparation he’s received at LCU, “Something that the professors in LCU’s Humanities Department do well is make us write. With this practice, and the consistent support of the instructors, it borders on impossible to not improve on my writing. I have always loved writing and they make sure I have the tools to become a better writer.”

Kenny’s short story, “Midknight: In Dark Canyons,” is about a hero who has created his own form of justice in a broken world. Kenny drew inspiration from comic books and pulp literature from the 1930’s and 40’s.

“I truly love the grimey, gritty, dirty, and fantastic stories of years long before I was born,” Kenny confesses.

The last student from LCU to be accepted to NULC was Lisa Brewer (’96) for a scholarly paper she wrote in an American literature class. Dean of the Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education Dr. Susan Blassingame comments, “It’s great to have another LCU student accepted to this prestigious conference.”

Kenny will read his story at the conference held on April 3-5 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.