PITTSBURG — April is National Poetry Month, and Amanda Trout, a Pittsburg State University sophomore from Independence, Kansas, has a great reason to celebrate: she captured first place in a national collegiate poetry competition.

The award is from "The Lyric," which is the oldest magazine in North America devoted to traditional poetry, for her villanelle, “Mourners in the Wake of Wind and Rain.”

“It was included in the Winter 2020 issue, and this is the magazine’s 100th anniversary, so winning the contest was particularly special,” she said.

Trout is majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing, and Spanish with an emphasis in language and culture. She hopes to become a college professor so she can teach others her craft and be an advocate for poetry.