Just at the tail end of our Kickstarter Campaign, we also concluded a young women’s illustrators contest to pair the winning poem by Rebekah Rosamilia with an illustration.

We are pleased to announce that Emilie Ludwig has brought us our winning illustration.

We have been honored to work with the poetry of Rebekah and with Emilie’s digital artwork. We would love for you to get to meet them more personally in the spotlights below:

Our winning author and poetess: Rebekah Noelle Rosamilia from West Stephentown, New York

Tell us a little bit about your family: I’m part of a family of seven: my parents and four brothers. Two are at college (ages 20 and 21), but my mom homeschools my two other brothers (ages 18 and 12) and me.

What do you love most about poetry? There are so many aspects of poetry that I absolutely love, but one of my favorites is how it can connect with others when other forms of writing can’t. Since it often portrays emotions in a rawer, more concise way, it can pull in the reader and whisper, “I’m feel this way too” in only a few lines. Poetry is a wonderful way to comfort others or get your feelings onto paper without the length or limitations of stories.

What is your favorite genre of literature? Fantasy

What authors inspire you? J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Andrew Peterson, and Brandon Sanderson

And our winning artist and illustrator: Emilie Ludwig from Melbourne Beach, FL.

Tell us a little bit about your family: I have six awesome siblings, two and three sisters, plus my amazing parents. Living and homeschooling in an 875-sq. ft. house for two years made us very familiar with each others’ annoying habits, as well as not so annoying habits, and I really consider my siblings to be my best friends (albeit sometimes irritating friends), as we all have things we are passionate about in common, such as certain books and movies, and, of course, school.

What do you love most about art? There are many things I love about it, but for me personally it’s probably the freedom of it. It’s not as limited an area as many other things I do, and when I draw, it’s probably the only thing in which I can see all the mistakes even hours after drawing something and yet not despair or get stressed about it because it’s a work in progress. I love the fact that everyone can draw different things—landscapes, portraits, fantasy characters, etc.—and yet their art can all be beautiful, sort of like different works of literature.

What is your favorite genre of art? I don’t really have a favorite genre. I greatly admire the artists of just about any time period, especially the Renaissance and the impressionists, but my forays into online art sites such as Deviantart have also exposed me to many different art styles it’s impossible to pick. Personally, as subjects go, I love drawings of people, especially book or movie characters. I don’t look at photorealism much; I love how each artist can take a subject and put his or her own unique spin on it.

What artists are currently inspiring you? A hard question. I’m doing a research paper on Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, so naturally I’m getting reacquainted with their art a bit. Disney character concept art such as that by Glen Keane is also really interesting to me (I almost always only draw characters from one place or another). However, as I’ve made a transition to digital art, the artists that have probably inspired me most so far are Alice X. Zhang (http://www.alicexz.com/) and “Yuumei” Wenqing Yan (http://www.yuumeiart.com/). “Burdge”(http://burdge.tumblr.com/), too, has made a huge impact on my style. At this stage, it’s an absorbing of others’ styles to find my own.


We would also like to take a moment to introduce you briefly to the young women runners up as well:

Sarah Welton-Lair from Ithaca, New York.

What do you love most about poetry? Poetry, to me, is painting with words. Some people have an artistic gift and can create paintings, sculptures, and other works of art to express their feelings. Others have the gift of movement and can express themselves through dance. But for those with the gift of words, poetry serves as an outlet for expression; the precise word choice and flow of rhyme and meter paint as beautiful and vivid a picture as any artist.

What is your favorite genre of literature? I particularly enjoy reading fantasy. On days where I have nowhere to go and nothing to do, I can explore uncharted territories and meet kings and queens through the pages of fantasy novel. But beyond all that, the genre of fantasy helps me to find the magic and beauty in everyday life.


And finally Katie Marriott from Beaver, Utah

What do you love most about poetry? I love that in poetry the words are put together to express an idea, image, or story as beautifully as possible. I love that you don't have to care so much about practicality; you can just let your imagination run free.

What is your favorite genre of literature? Nineteenth-century Novels


Well said, ladies! We are so pleased with the work these young women have created and have been honored to host their work on Wandeling.