Student who writes about insects wins $63K literary prize

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - A student who writes through the perspective of insects has won the nation's most valuable literary prize for undergraduates.

Caroline Harvey has won the Sophie Kerr prize, valued at $63,711 this year. The award announced by Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, recognizes a graduating senior at the school who shows the greatest promise for a future in literary endeavor.

Harvey is a graduating English major from Arlington, Virginia. Her thesis is titled: "Poetics of Otherness: The Marginalized Experience Though the Insect Lens."

Harvey says she writes about herself and her family, usually through the lens of insects. That includes a lot of poems and essays about bugs.

Sophie Kerr was a Maryland native who left much of her estate to Washington College when she died in 1965.

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