In her work for English 120 with Professor Reid Barbour, UNC sophomore Grace Towery discovered in the Rare Book Collection a manuscript poem written on the flyleaf of a 1617 print edition of Edmund Spenser's poetry. Through careful research, she went on to discover that this poem is hitherto unknown by scholars. The poem is an especially interesting and complex response to the execution to the Earl of Strafford at the outset of the English Civil War in the 1640s. What started as a paper for English 120 is now a forthcoming article in Notes & Queries (publication date September 2017), an esteemed and longstanding journal published by Oxford University Press. In her article Grace provides both an edition and an analysis of the poem; and she also offers thoughts on what this poem may have been doing in a collection of Spenser's poetry.
You can read more about Grace's discovery and publication in The Daily Tar Heel.