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BSC Student's Poem Selected for Inclusion in National Publication

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    Friday, September 30 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

hankins_tina(Bluefield)—Occasionally, the beauty of a sunrise inspires a poet’s work.  For Tina Hankins, the sound of a strong wind that gave notice of an approaching storm served as the inspiration for her poem, “The Rustling of the Wind.”

Hankins, a Bluefield State College Humanities major, put pen to pad to capture the essence of that moment, and her poem has been included in From a Window:  Discovery, a collection of poems published by Eber & Wein Publishing Company.  “I was working on an assignment and opened an online link that invited aspiring poets to enter a contest where they could submit their poems for publication,” she explained.  “I entered my poem and I was notified that it was picked as one of the poems published in this collection.”

A Bluefield, Virginia resident and Graham High School graduate, Hankins enrolled at Bluefield State after earning an associate degree from Southwest Virginia Community College.  The idea for her poem arose when she returned home from work one evening.  “I had just arrived at home and it was dark,” she said.  “I heard the wind rustling through the trees,” she recalled.  “I grew up in the church, and my poem deals with the peace of God in the midst of a cold and stormy time.”