Alumna Published in National Journal

by Brandon Best, Public Relations Writer

A 2015 Cedarville University graduate recently had her work published in Creative Nonfiction, a national magazine that features long-form essays, micro-essays, interviews with writers and other resources.

Kathy Roberts, who majored in English and minored in creative writing at Cedarville, penned a piece titled “Hiking the Grand Tetons. Milking a Cow by Hand,” which was featured in the fall 2015 issue of Creative Nonfiction.

It is not the first time Roberts has been published. As a senior, she published a collection of her favorite writings through the Cedarville University Digital Commons. The collection, called “On Navigating Life as a Deceased Lutheran Pastor’s Daughter,” was dedicated to her late father, Pastor Tom Roberts.

The collection includes original nonfiction pieces and poetry, which gives the reader insight into dealing with the pain of her father’s death and the healing process that came after.

“My dad’s death is by far the most impactful event of my life,” said Roberts. “It changed the characters of my family, solidified his example for me, strained relationships, created emotional and financial difficulty and formed the bedrock of who I am.”

Last year, Roberts’ piece, “My Uncle: Handyman Who Never Left,” was published in the June 2014 edition of Spittoon, an independent online literary quarterly that features original works in poetry, fiction and nonfiction of both well-known and up-and-coming writers.

“It is important to realize that writing is very much a Christian activity because God communicates with us creatively,” she said. “One only has to flip through the Bible to deduce that God often chooses to communicate through narrative.”

“Kathy never stopped working on the piece and the work paid off. We're proud of her,” said Kevin Heath, Ph.D., chair of the Cedarville University Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages. “We've had students win national writing awards and alumni who've gone on to succeed at top-tier M.F.A. programs, but Kathy is the first to have something accepted, while still an undergrad, in a publication as significant as Creative Nonfiction.” 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.