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Student gets essay published in book releasing this summer

Student gets essay published in book releasing this summer - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Cover of Andrea Lunsford's book, Let's Talk... A Pocket Rhetoric.

The English program at Texas A&M University-San Antonio saw one of its students published in a book by a well-known author in composition studies.

Kinesiology junior Eli Vale’s “The Causes of Burnout in San Antonio Nurses–And Some Possible Solutions” can be found in Andrea Lunsford’s newest book, “Let’s Talk: A Pocket Rhetoric,” to be released July 30, 2021.

Vale, a rehab aide at a San Antonio hospital, was a student of Professor Sarah Dwyer in her English 1302, Composition II course during the spring 2019 semester where he wrote his essay to acknowledge the importance of healthcare workers. The essay was written pre-COVID-19 so he revised his work to incorporate the views of the pandemic from a healthcare workers’ perspective.

“Andrea Lunsford is like a huge name in composition studies; she’s like a superstar so this is a really big deal,” Dr. Ann Bliss, Department Chair for the College of Arts and Sciences at A&M-San Antonio said. “To have a student essay published in a textbook written by one of the leading scholars in the field is super cool.”

Vale submitted his paper for the Norton Writer’s Prize scholarship. Although he did not get the scholarship, they enjoyed his paper to publish in the book.

Lunsford is currently the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English at Stanford University. She has written or co-authored 19 books including “Let’s Talk,” which is a student handbook for writers covering a variety of topics.

“This is dedicated to my fellow healthcare workers serving throughout this pandemic,” Vale said in a Facebook post. “Especially the nurses who have always been and continue to be the backbone of healthcare.”

To pre-order ““Let’s Talk: A Pocket Rhetoric”” on Amazon, visit

About the Author

Mario Ruiz
Mario Ruiz
Mario Ruiz is a senior communication major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Mario received his Associate of Arts in communication design from San Antonio College in 2017. He works as a graphic designer in the marketing department at KENS 5 in addition to raising a toddler with his significant other. In his spare time, he enjoys running, taking photos of street art and playing with his son.

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