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LSUA Student, Professor Published in Louisiana Communication Journal

Released: 01/13/2010

A poem written in French by LSU Alexandria graduate Elizabeth DeNell Wolf and an interpretive review from Dr. Shonu Nangia, LSUA assistant professor of foreign languages, have been published in the latest issue of Louisiana Communication Journal, an annual publication from the Louisiana Communication Assn.

The pieces are part of a “Hurricane Katrina edition” of the professional journal. Wolf, who graduated from LSUA in 2006 with a communication studies degree, wrote the poem as a poetry workshop assignment in Nangia’s French 1002 class a few weeks after the hurricane flooded New Orleans. The 12-line poem, “Nouvelle Orleans, Mauvaises Nouvelles" (New Orleans, Bad News), explores the destruction and hope in the city following the storm.

Nangia’s review describes the poem as “remarkable – not just for its eloquence, imagery and poetic and linguistic merit, or for the finesse with which it executes its expressive and communicative functions, but also for the emotional intelligence it deploys.” Nangia, who speaks nine languages, said the poem and others from the class validates the language teaching technique.

Wolf is a graduate of Pineville High School.