Ilyin Costello and the cover of Quintessential City Life: An Anthology of Urban Poems book

AG Econ Student, Ilyin Costello's, Journey to Creative Writing Success


Geneva, IL native Ilyin Costello, a student in Sales & Marketing with a passion for Creative Writing, embarked on a remarkable journey last semester that led him from the classroom to the pages of a prestigious poetry anthology.

In a creative writing class, Ilyin discovered a talent for crafting poetry that resonated deeply with his peers and professors. Encouraged by the positive feedback, he set a goal to have his work published by the semester's end. Guided by his professor, Monir, Ilyin navigated the challenging path to publication with determination and resilience despite facing multiple rejections along the way.

Through perseverance and dedication, Ilyin's efforts paid off when he received an email from Poets Choice, informing him that his poem "Midnight in Kyoto" had been selected for inclusion in their anthology on city life. This achievement filled him with pride and excitement, as it not only validated his talent but also honored his mother's lifelong aspiration to become a published writer.

Reflecting on his journey, Ilyin acknowledges the support of his professor and peers, who helped him refine his craft and navigate the submission process. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive outlook in the face of rejection, recognizing that each setback is an opportunity for growth.

Now, with his poem published, Ilyin sees this milestone as just the beginning of his writing career. He is currently working on a full poetry collection and hopes to continue sharing his unique perspective with the world.

For aspiring writers, Ilyin offers words of encouragement: "Keep honing your craft, stay resilient, and never lose sight of your dreams. With dedication and perseverance, anything is possible."

As readers delve into "Quintessential City Life," they can discover Ilyin's evocative piece, "Midnight in Kyoto," and witness the emergence of a promising voice in contemporary poetry.

With his talent, determination, and the support of Purdue's vibrant academic community, Ilyin Costello is poised to make an indelible mark on the literary landscape.