Local Potomac State student chosen for publication

The woman shuffles through the shadows of the darkened subway, hugging her arms tight to her chest and shuddering despite the lack of air conditioning in the August night heat.  Her eyes shoot back and forth, trying to catch the face of anyone who might be watching…”  and so begins the story that won Diana Cayton, an English major at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, inclusion in the 2017 Backbone Mountain Review, a regional publication containing a collection of essays, poems, prose, and artwork.

“I just can't believe that after dozens of submissions I can finally count myself a published author!” stated Cayton. 

Diana Cayton
Diana Cayton

Cayton, who wrote the short story for Professor Steve Oberlechner’s creative writing class, got the idea from an old Simon and Garfunkel song, “A Poem on the Underground Wall,” and from there began developing her character and plot for the story. 

When asked how long she’s been writing, Cayton replied, “It’s something I’ve always done since I learned to physically write.”  She also stated that it took her about two evenings to write the story, but about two weeks of editing to get it where she wanted it to be.

Per their website, Backbone Mountain Review is an annual literary journal showcasing the creative talents and cultural diversity of the people and places within the Appalachian Mid-Atlantic Region.  Though the date has yet to be set, a public reading and reception to celebrate the release of the new issue will be held in the spring at the Allegany Arts Council in Cumberland, Md.