Laken Brooks is Published in Journal and Book

Laken is a Senior Honors Program Scholar majoring in Literature and will be graduating with a certificate in secondary English Education. Being the president of the Peer Educators club, a Bonner scholar, and a Supplemental Instructor since her first year at E&H are just a few of the things that Laken is involved in on campus. She aspires to become a professor of literature and being involved in education-building in her future. Although, she is open to whatever these fields might entail like publishing. Self-crafting a minor regarding Gender in Text is also something Laken is pursuing.

 

A Song of Harvest

 

A song of harvest

Sleepwalks through my grandmother's

Hands as she strings beans

Senior Laken Brooks is officially a published poet. Her haiku A Song of Harvest was chosen for inclusion in a prestigious European poetry journal.

The poem is a representation of Laken’s relationship with her grandmother. “Writing gives me a platform upon which I can share my insights with others,” Laken says. She recounts that poetry was at first daunting due to the precise formulas which are used in many styles of composition. However, after completing a class specifically on haiku poems, Laken began to enjoy writing poetry and says that it forced her “to become a better writer overall.”
 

Chrysanthemum is a German journal of poetry. Many poems are sent to the journal’s editors and few are selected for publication in biannual editions of the internet magazine. Each haiku is published in both English and German to promote international readership. Laken’s poem was included in the 18th edition of the journal on October 15th, 2015.
 

Laken has also recently published a book of her poems. Called a chapbook, the volume contains 20 pieces which center around a theme of questioning the roles of women in today's society. Through her interest in women's and gender studies, Laken was inspired to express her thoughts through this publication as she herself works to define her "place in the world." 

Chrysanthemum 18 is now available here: http://www.bregengemme.net/chrysanthemum/media/Chrysanthemum_18.pdf
 Inside the Dark Room can be found on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Dark-Room-Laken-Brooks/dp/0692552057/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449689174&sr=8-1&keywords=laken+brooks

Despite our differences in geography and ideology we can always return to this metaphorical place at the kitchen table, silently sitting and stringing beans together.
— Laken Brooks on her poem A Song of Harvest

We believe the best way to learn about our Honors Program is from our students. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Laken some questions that you may have been wondering.

Q. Why did you choose E&H?

A. I chose E&H because it is a family -- a family of friends, of colleagues, of mentors, of professors, of administrators. From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt right at home. At Emory & Henry, we all have different experiences that give us something special to share with one another. The Honors Program is a great outlet to utilize your voice.

Q. What was the most rewarding aspect of being in the Honors Program?

A. There are many rewarding aspects of being in the Honors Program; the Honors Program is broad-reaching in its interests and allows you a great deal of control in your own education. With this sense of control, students are encouraged to take risks and, yes, even to fail from time to time. These failures may include an unmet hypothesis, a declined conference proposal, or a snarky message from a literary editor; however, we are always encouraged to take such experiences and use them for our development. In so doing, we may better understand our own talents and faults and we can learn to hone these talents to best meet the needs in our fields of study or community.

Q.  What advice would you give to First Year Honors Scholars?

A. Do not be afraid to try new things! You never know what will stick with you, even if you think you know exactly what you want to do.