Anna Girgenti

Poems penned by Loras College alumna picked for statewide publication

Pieces chronicle travels in Ireland and Italy

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The literary works of a recent graduate of Loras College, Iowa’s first college, will appear in a book that captures emerging voices of students across Iowa. The May graduate was one of 12 authors selected for inclusion.

Anna Girgenti’s collection of poems “Asking for Directions,” will be featured in the Iowa Chapbook Prize published by the University of Iowa. The pieces chronicle her travels in Ireland and Italy, tying each poem together with an influx of imagery.

Girgenti graduated in May from Loras with a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing. The published collection is a portion of her senior thesis collection of poems.

Girgenti’s other poems include “How to Build a Fire,” featured in Polaris, a literary magazine, and “The Space We Have Left,” originally published in Loras’ Limestone Review and republished in plain china, a national anthology of best undergraduate writing. She also penned “Hunting Land,” a nonfiction piece that appeared in the Oakland Arts Review.

Girgenti is currently working as a writer for PetfoodIndustry Magazine.

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