Leslie Markevitch ’18

Leslie Markevitch ’18 A double-major in Creative Writing and Anthropology who worked on her honors thesis in Creative Writing with Prof. G.C. Waldrep and won a Smithson Prize for her writing. In her final year at Bucknell she won a prestigious grant to teach English in Latvia as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. “Art transcends culture,” said Markevitch of her work as an English Creative Writing major. “Bucknell gave me a liberal arts education and a base of amazing mentors and professors,” including for her international work and her hopes to become a professor in future.

Jackson Pierce-Felker '18

Jackson Pierce-Felker '18Jackson Pierce-Felker is a double major in creative writing and psychology who came to Bucknell as part of the Posse program. A poet and a rapper, he says turning real-life experiences, thoughts and feelings into something tangible allows him to connect with people on a much deeper level. His mother works as a therapist in his Maryland hometown's county jail, and he grew up hearing stories about vulnerable people slipping through the cracks of the system, which instilled a desire to understand how our society can help disadvantaged populations. Though at first the "stigma" of devoting his life to the humanities scared him, he believes that we can best unite humanity through art and creative expression. He is active in the Black Student Union, the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, and the student literary magazine, Fire and Ice.

Several internships have distinguished Jackson's student experience. He has been a development and communications intern at a mental health services nonprofit, and a case management intern at Miriam's Kitchen in Washington, D.C., where he facilitated a writing program for the homeless. Most recently, in the coveted role of editorial intern at West Branch, Bucknell's professional literary journal, Jackson read and discussed poems, essays and short story submissions with the editorial staff while also learning about the administrative aspects of the publishing industry.

About his internships, Jackson says, "I've learned about the grittiest parts of the system while also helping people find some sense of relief through art. I've also learned about a whole community of authors and journals that I didn't even know existed. It has helped me understand that if you're doing what you love, the stigma doesn't matter."