Sulphur Springs, Texas, United States
Lydia Burleson, from Sulphur Springs, Texas, will pursue a PhD in English at Stanford. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a nonfiction writing concentration. Her scholarship and writing push for a more inclusive social reality by understanding and representing marginal identity through literature. She aspires to be a professor-writer, using public humanities to share her research with the communities it aims to serve. At Yale, Lydia was awarded the Jonathan Edwards Creative Writing Prize for her essays on her rural impoverished upbringing with mentally and physically disabled parents. At Dwight Hall, Yale’s Center for Social Justice, Lydia promoted diverse voices by launching a student magazine and creating communications channels with student and community leaders. Lydia has worked with New Haven nonprofits and the Yale Admissions Office to increase access to higher education for first-generation low-income students. She was a QuestBridge Scholar at Yale.