Jo Fekete is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Drew University with a B.A. in English and Minors in Writing and Environmental Science. Her current creative writing project, expanded from her Drew Honors Thesis, strives to create change, ecologically and socially. She is expanding her three short stories into a fictional novel series called Traversing Boundaries, and it opens up the conversation to do just that – to traverse our own societal boundaries and concepts. This work will be part of her Master’s Project at NYU. Fekete states, “My stories are generationally connected as each affects the other through different historical periods, with the past, present and future intertwined. Academic literature helps us link the relationships between history, nature, human impact and environmental justice; creative writing infuses the emotional ties to bind this knowledge for social change. My stories feature issues of water and soil contamination, environmental justice, and climate change. They would make a great conversion to film.” Her project is geographically focused in Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley and Northern New Jersey, and includes shifting themes of environmentalism.
Fekete was awarded: the Christopher Goin Memorial Prize in Creative Writing, the Carneval Poetry Award, and the Betty June Silconas Poetry Scholarship. Her poetry has been published in Idiom & Image, and her nature essay and poems were featured in Nature Writing, A Magazine Exhibition at Drew University. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta International - English Honor Society, Alpha Pi Omega – English Honor Society Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, and Psi Beta Psychology National Honor Society.