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Poetry Enthusiasts Gather for Open Mic Event

( l. to r.) Jackie Coleman, Christina Hansen, Kathleen Pierce

Hidden talents were revealed at the English department and Falvey Memorial Library’s sixth annual Open Mic Poetry Reading. Lisa Sewell, Ph.D., an associate professor of English, served as this year’s master of ceremonies and welcomed students, faculty, staff and special guests to the event, held on Wednesday, April 27, in the library first floor lounge.

Dr. Sewell introduced Christina Hansen, editor in chief of Arthologyone of Villanova University’s student literary-art magazines.  The magazine’s release party coincided with the Open Mic event, and copies of the magazine were available to all present. Arthology contributors read their work, beginning with Christina and her poem, “Earshot.”

Kevin Speirs, 2011 Senior Class Poet Honorable Mention, contributed “Homes,” which has appeared on a poster displayed on Falvey’s first floor. Seniors seeking to become Senior Class Poet have one of their poems made into a poster. To celebrate National Poetry Month, fourteen Senior Class Poet contestants had their poems on display in the Library during April.

Brittany Walker

Brittany Walker stepped up to the microphone next and offered “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Mike Mo shared “Another Drive.” And Alexandra Edwards read “Because a Girl Is Not a Tree,” which has been published in Arthology.

Moya Cannon, an Irish poet who holds the Irish studies program’s Heimbold Chair for the spring 2011 semester, presented “Hands.” Derek Santos, class of 2011 Senior Class Poet, came forward to read “The Rotten Core.” Then the Director of Irish Studies, Joseph Lennon, Ph.D., delivered “Santa Maria del Boschetto.”

Emily Brady, 2011 Senior Class Poet Runner Up, contributed “Chi Sarà” and “Sestina.” Alexander Lundy, Senior Class Poet contestant, offered “An Inconvenient Haiku,” “Letter to a Young Hipster,” “Fortis Fortuna Juvat,” and “The Gamble.” Ron Ballouz, Senior Class Poet contestant and Falvey Scholar (Astronomy and Astrophysics), read “F___ Camus.”

Catherine Staples delivered “Dwelling.” Derek Stump presented “That’s the Thing about Adolph.” Jackie Coleman,Senior Class Poet contestant and Arthology assistant editor, read “A History of Want, or (Paperweights).” And Bareeq Albarqawi contributed “Burn.”

Special thanks go to Regina McFadden and the staff of the Library’s Programming & Outreach team for providing the chairs, tables for refreshments and for Arthology, and the microphone.

Contributed by Gerald Dierkes; photographs by Laura Hutelmyer

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