- 2/27 Slam Down the Walls: Slam Poetry Contest 8:30PM, Bliss Hall Lounge:
Join us on Friday, February 27 at 8:30 PM in the Bliss Hall Lounge for the first of our slam events. Any student who wishes to compete should fill out the attached agreement form and send it to *firstname.lastname@example.org* by performance time or until a total of eight performance slots are filled. Students are also highly encouraged to come and participate in the audience if they don’t wish to perform, as our competition judges will be randomly selected from the audience. The winner will receive a recording session with to record their highest scoring poem.
- 3/12 Visiting Writers Series: Rachel McKibbens 8:30PM, Library Auditorium
Poet, activist, playwright and essayist RACHEL MCKIBBENS is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009.) Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse.
- 3/31 Student Reading Series 8:30PM, Library Auditorium
- 4/10 Slam Down the Walls: Slam Poetry Contest 8:30PM Bliss Hall Lounge
- 4/13 Visiting Writers Series: Edward Hirsch 8:30PM, Library Auditorium
EDWARD HIRSCH is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His most recent book, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), brings together thirty-five years of poems. Hirsch is also the author of five prose books, including A Poet’s Glossary (2014), the result of decades of passionate study, Poet’s Choice (2006), which consists of his popular columns from the Washington Post Book World, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller. He is the editor of Theodore Roethke’s Selected Poems (2005) and co-editor of The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008). He also edits the series “The Writer’s World” (Trinity University Press).Edward Hirsch taught for six years in the English Department at Wayne State University and seventeen years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. He is now president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
- 4/28 Student Reading Series 8:30 PM Library Auditorium
Please note that there will be no The Goods this semester, as renovations to the Student Center starting in April make it impossible to book and use the Rathskellar.