Busch’s Poetry Earns ‘Best of the Best’ Honors

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A poem by Cassandra Busch (’17) has earned second place for poetry in plain china’s first ever “Best of the Best” awards. plain china is a national undergraduate magazine that republishes the best work from college undergraduate literary magazines.

The poem, “St. Theresa’s,” was part of Busch’s creative writing thesis as a student at Loras College and was published in The Limestone Review, the College’s annual collection of student writing.

Busch graduated in May 2017 from Loras with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing. She is currently the development director at Two by Two in Dubuque.

plain china’s Writing Awards highlight the very best of the best undergraduate writing published each year in the publication, and to celebrate and honor the incredible talent and creativity of undergraduate writers across the country. Each spring, student editors review all of the fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry published over the last year, nominating five finalists in each category before top honors are selected.



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