Join the English Club for its annual poetry reading tonight at 6 p.m., in Java City. You can come prepared with a poem to read, or you can just listen and enjoy– it’s your choice! No matter what, it’s guaranteed to be a great night of poetry and conversation.
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As the semester nears completion it’s easy to become consumed with final papers and projects and let your participation slide– but, I challenge you (and myself) to prioritize and make time to attend these end-of-the-year events. They’re full of great readings and good conversation, and the more involved you are in the department the more enjoyable your time as an English major will be (trust me). If you’d like more information about these events and more, visit the English Department’s Calendar of Events.
Here’s a brief list of events:
April 19, 9 am-3:30 pm at Knicely Conference Center: Kentucky Writers Conference
April 20, 9 am-3 pm at Knicely Conference Center: Southern Kentucky (SOKY) BookFest (Featuring some beloved WKU English professors)
April 24 at 6 pm in Java City: English Club Poetry Reading (in place of their weekly meeting)
May 2 at 3 pm in Cherry Hall 125: Senior Reading & Awards Ceremony
Don’t forget that tonight there’s a reading at the Warren County Public Library! Information is posted on the calendar for your convenience.
Note: Because I couldn’t make it to the Adam Ross reading last week, Seanna Wilhelm volunteered to be the eyes and ears of the EMW. If you don’t know much about Seanna, she was the first EMW intern– essentially setting the foundation and expectations for all other interns to follow. She’s had an amazing amount of academic recognition at WKU, such as earning second place in the 2010 Jim Wayne Miller contest, publication in the Zephyrus, and participation in the 2012 Student Research Conference. You can follow Seanna’s personal blog here.
Every semester, the creative writing department has usually two or three writers come to our campus and give a reading of their work. Wednesday, February 20, Adam Ross visited us from Nashville. If you didn’t attend, as our lovely blogger wasn’t able, shame on you! Unless you had a good reason, then I’ll consider letting it slide.
I brought Mom along to the reading and we sat in the back with Amy Lindsey, Sofi Stone, and Andrew Bergman. If you’ve ever been in the Cherry Hall auditorium, you’ll know that there’s a back row of seats, and a back row of random tables lined up against the wall. We were sitting on tables, which made for an interesting experience.
The reading started at 7 p.m. by Dr. David Bell introducing Adam Ross.
Ross then proceeded to read the first two chapters from his novel, Mr. Peanut. He was a captivating reader who drew his audience into his words and his characters tantalizing minds and lives. If you click the link above, you can purchase Mr. Peanut and/or read a description of the novel.
After about a half hour of reading from his novel, the floor was opened to questions. This lead to him discussing not only the process that ended in the birth of his novel and his adventures as a child actor, which didn’t sound as glamorous as most people might think. Once the questions were wrapped up at about 8 p.m., we had the opportunity to buy his books, Mr. Peanut and Ladies and Gentlemen. I bought both books and he kindly signed them.
It was a wonderful reading, and I can’t wait to have enough free time to find out what happens in Mr. Peanut. Make sure that you attend the next reading on March 21, featuring poet Kathleen Driskell!
There are endless English opportunities happening lately. There’s something that will interest any and every English major– there’s never been a better time to get involved.
1. The 10 Minute Play Festival will be this Friday, February 15th, at 7:30 p.m. and February 16th at 2 p.m. It will be held at Gordan Wilson Hall, and is a free event featuring staged readings of new plays written by WKU students.
The students and works include:
“Hangman, Sing Me a Song” Nathan Gjerstad
“Waiting for God” Meg Kennedy
“Hold Them or Fold Them” Kali O’Rourke
“Reality Mirage” Sebastian Kearney
“Falling” Lynne Hutcheson
2. Next Monday, February 18th, there will be an Informal Meet and Greet with Amy Brack. Amy is a Legislative Editor for the Division of State Audit for the State of Tennessee. At the meet-and-greet, she will speak about her work as an editor and will answer questions. It will take place at 1:45 p.m. in CH 105 (the faculty lounge).