Rebecca Thieman, an Honors scholar and a native of Louisville was recently published in the Susquehanna Review’s 2012-2013 Edition. The highly respected publication is sourced out of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, and has been a strong presence in the literary world for over 40 years. The Susquehanna Review is an annual undergraduate journal that is run by students at the university, and has been accepting national submissions since 2003.
Thieman’s piece, “Look Beneath the Floorboards for the Secrets I Have Hid,” takes its audience on a journey through the Rivendell Behavioral Center in Bowling Green, Ky. and is interposed with stories from Thieman’s own childhood and family. At its core, it is also an examination of people. Thieman said, “People have a stigma about the individuals that are admitted [to institutions]. My point was to show parallels between my own life and the boys in the center; I was trying to show that we all have skeletons. Everyone is different, and yet we’re all still really similar.” Thieman’s work explores an area of our society that is often brushed under the table, and how everyone, regardless of circumstances, still has a story to tell.
Thieman is a double major in Creative Writing and Psychology here at WKU, and “Look Beneath the Floorboards for the Secrets I Have Hid” presented an opportunity to combine her two passions. “I was on the tour for an augmentation in my psychology class, and I also had to write an immersion essay for my nonfiction class,” she said. “For that same nonfiction class we had to submit our work. I sent it in last February and heard back in June that I’d got it. For the past eight months, I’ve been editing it; it’s a long process – about a year. It’s still very surreal.” Pertaining to publication she also said, “I don’t think it will ever really hit. The other thing that was weird was that because it was such an intimate look into my life, I feel very exposed, but I think that’s an essential part of writing.”
“Look Beneath the Floorboards for the Secrets I Have Hid” can be found online on the Susquehanna Review’s website at http://goo.gl/vVIlR.
Congratulations to Rebecca on her publication!
Arete contribution submitted by Abby Ponder