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Vol. 6 / Fall 2015

Call for Papers

Commonplaces is dedicated to publishing writing produced in any courses across the College taken by Davidson students in their first year. We invite writers to submit work produced during the 2015-2016 academic year to be considered for publication in the 2016 issue. We seek academic and intellectual writing of any length that demonstrates a commitment to understanding and its expression, and encourage submissions from the full range of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Submission Guidelines


Van E. Hillard, College Writing Program


Commonplaces is an annual publication of the Davidson College Writing Program.
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Faith after Defeat: Voice in Tony Early’s “Charlotte”

Erin Piemont

Erin Piemont is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She plans to pursue a degree in English. On campus, Erin works in the Writing Center as a tutor and is a member of Rusk Eating House. Her interests include literature, creative writing, and visual art. Her essay was composed for Professor Mills’ Literature of the American South course.

Her Voice, Her Word, Her Decision: An Examination of the Use of Speech in the Female Slave Narrative

Kiambra Griffin

Kiambra Griffin is from Harlem, New York. She is an undeclared Africana Studies major and Communications minor. On campus, Kiambra is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the historian of the Black Student Coalition, the sustainability chair of Patterson Court Council, and the manager of the Davidson Women’s Basketball team. Her interests include sports media and broadcasting because she wants to bridge the gap between women and sports media. She hopes to work for ESPN in the future. Her essay was written for Dr. Hillard’s Writing 101: Racism and White Privilege.

Coalesced by “Sweet Caroline”

Leah Stauber

Leah Stauber is an intended English major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This past year, she volunteered at the Davidson Green School as a grant writer and taught Spanish to a first grade class at Davidson Elementary. On campus, she received third prize in the R. Windley Hall writing competition, and had an article published in the Legalese (Davidson’s legal journal.) She is also a member of the pre-law society and running club, and has served on Exit 30’s review board. This summer she interned with LeadersNow International in Pittsburgh. Her interests include yoga, running, reading, writing, and film. Her essay was written for Dr. Weinstein’s first-year writing course entitled “Noise.”

Searching for the Black Mother in Cane

Evan Yi

Evan Yi is a sophomore from Little Rock Arkansas. He is in the process of creating an Asian-American Studies major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. On campus, he is the Vice President of FreeWord, Service Chair of the Asian Cultural Awareness Association, co-founder of Ethics Bowl, and involved with Chorale, After Hours, and the Student Initiative for Academic Diversity. Evan’s passions include social justice, writing page and spoken word poetry, singing choral and jazz music, playing soccer, and trying to find a good Chinese restaurant within 15 minutes of Davidson. He also plans to publish a co-written chapbook of poetry next year. Evan wrote his essay for Professor Lamar Wilson’s Writing 101 course, Quare Harmonies.

Pain and Power: Images of Human Suffering in Righteous Dopefiend

Anna Cox

Anna Cox is from Great Falls, Virginia. While officially undeclared, she plans to major in Economics and minor in French and Francophone Studies. At Davidson, she has enjoyed being a member of Rusk Eating House, a competitor on the Mock Trial Team, and Secretary of the Pre-Law Society. She loves to run, read, and listen to music. Anna’s essay was written for Professor Van Hillard’s first-year writing class, Representing the Other.

A Brief History of Special Relativity

Colin Epstein

Collin Epstein is from Brookline, Massachusetts. After spending his gap year at Eton College in the United Kingdom, he intends to study physics and computer science at Davidson College. At Davidson, Collin is a member of the Chorale and the Generals, a trip leader for Davidson Outdoors, and made his Davidson theater debut in Fiddler on the Roof in spring 2015. Collin wrote his paper for Dr. Yukich in Writing 101: Writing about Physics.