Recent College of Charleston graduate Raena Shirali was one of the winners of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest.

The prize includes publication in Boston Review and a reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York.

Shirali, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, attributes her achievement in part to the college.

“The College of Charleston is really where I began taking poetry seriously,” she says. “I took eight creative writing workshops during my time at the college that helped me develop my craft.

“... I was never discouraged from experimenting in either my poetry or fiction classes, and I have those professors to thank for the motivation to try something different every time I sit down to write.”

Shirali is enrolled in the Master in Fine Arts (poetry) program at Ohio State University.