Entertainment at TEDx
Singer / Songwriter
Drew Erwin is a 21 year old singer songwriter based out of Memphis, Tennessee. With a focus on words and delivery, the intimacy of Drew’s performances and recordings are what he considers his strong suit. Melancholy melodies telling stories of growing up and getting out make up the catalog of music on Erwin’s latest release 'Covers in a Bar.'
Poet, University of Mississippi
Samyak Shertok studies poetry at the University of Mississippi. His honors include the Bondurant Prize in Poetry, a Northern Greece International Fellowship, the Carrol Essay Prize, the Bubba in Creative Non-fiction, the Mayhew Short Story Prize, the Writing Nepal: A Short Story Prize, two honorable mentions from the Academy of American Poets, and a Best New Poets nomination.
His poetry and prose appear in House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing About Nepal, The Kathmandu Post, La.lit, and elsewhere. He won the Grand Prize in the Three-Minute Thesis Competition last year and will go on to represent Ole Miss in the regional competition at the Conference of the Southern Graduate Schools. He will also attend the Longleaf Writers Conference in May as the UM Scholar in Poetry.