GLASGOW – Emma Bunch, a seventh-grader at Glasgow Middle School, recently heard that her poem, “Nature's Song,” will be published in the Appelley Publishing 2017 Rising Stars Collection. It was selected from entries in a national poetry contest, according to a press release from Glasgow Independent Schools.
“I was honestly completely shocked,” Bunch told the Glasgow Daily Times over the phone on Tuesday. “I got the letter in the mail.
“I didn't really expect for my work to be published, so I was just really excited.”
Bunch said she heard about the contest from a poster on her teacher's bulletin board, and that she thought “that's pretty cool.” So she decided to write a poem.
“I basically just wanted to take a topic that I knew I could really write a good poem about,” she said, adding that she decided to write about nature.
“Nature is so intricate and beautiful,” she said. “How complex it is and how everything works together.”
Bunch said she really enjoys when she visits places like Mammoth Cave National Park, but that she also likes taking hikes in her own backyard.
“Nature is everywhere,” she said. “You can always find something that is really beautiful.”
Bunch said she usually finds inspiration for her writing when she is outdoors or in school. She said she enjoys writing for fun but also likes writing essays for school.
“I like to write and see what comes out of it,” she said. “I really like to write about adventure and nature.”
While her favorite book is The Bible, Bunch said she really enjoyed reading Brian Selznick's “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” and “Wonderstruck.”
“It's just really well-developed ,” Bunch said of Selznick's writing. “And the plot – you have a lot of details about the characters and the illustrations are amazing.”
Bunch said while she gets to write essays for school, she'll try to find some time to write for fun.
“I may write a short story in the future.”