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Mary Grace Mangano: Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant

Mangano poem photoTo honor the University’s Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

This year the contest includes both poetry and prose (in previous years it was “the Senior-Class-Poet Contest”). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards winners later this month.

“First Impressions”
by
Mary Grace Mangano

I’m convinced we never see
people properly
the first time.
You can’t look at someone
and see him
until you know him.
Have seen him writing
with pencil
or patting a dog
or sneezing
putting on socks
buttoning a coat
blowing on an eyelash
to make a wish.

Mary Grace Mangano, a Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “I’ve heard that the most imaginative space is the moment when a person wakes, somewhat startled to find herself in a new day. Maybe this is because all of the scattered thoughts a person has while sleeping and dreaming remain on the surface and introduce themselves. Writing–especially poems–seems to happen like this for me. It will start with a thought, feeling, or idea that presents itself to me and the more I sit with it, the more I want to say something about it. The writing itself is a way to explore that flash of an idea, to find a way to say what I’m feeling or thinking. In a way, the poetry is being able to find a moment to explore these ideas and share it with words, on the page, to other people.”

Mary Grace Mangano is an English major seeking an honors degree with a concentration in writing and rhetoric and an Italian minor. She is from Clinton, New Jersey, has enjoyed creative writing since she was a young girl, and also loves to run, dance, cook, read and travel.

Like this poem? Come to the Open Mic Poetry ReadingWed., April 23, 12 – 1 p.m. and you may get to hear this author read her poems. You’re also welcome to share your own. 

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Sarah Garland: Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant

Sarah Garland poem photoTo honor the University’s Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

This year the contest includes both poetry and prose (in previous years it was “the Senior-Class-Poet Contest”). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards winners later this month.

“Taken”
by
Sarah Garland

Shutters splintered
Basement flooded
Black mold creeps like ringworm
In the recesses of the crawlspace
Spores soar, invading our breathing space.

When Jake was young I lost him in the crowd.
He had been holding my hand, and I turned around,
Just for a second.
It’s like that, the quickened pulse, tight chest,
Over-firing neurons – panic.

If FEMA can’t help,
Where will he go?
Sandy will rip us apart,
More inconvenient debris
scattered across the city.

Sarah Garland, a Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘Taken’ was written as part of a project for my literary festival class, for which we were asked to write a series of poems from different narrative points of view.  The speaker in ‘Taken’ was inspired by the stories and people I met on my break trip to areas destroyed and slow to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.”

Sarah Garland is a senior English major from Severna Park, MD.  She is has been on two break trips and is involved with sorority and Villanova Ambassadors.

Like this poem? Come to the Open Mic Poetry ReadingWed., April 23, 12 – 1 p.m. and you may get to hear this author read her poems. You’re also welcome to share your own. 

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Kimberly Julien: Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant

Kimberly Julien poem photoTo honor the University’s Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

This year the contest includes both poetry and prose (in previous years it was “the Senior-Class-Poet Contest”). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards winners later this month.

Excerpt from “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow”
by
Kimberly Julien

……“The way he suddenly sounds so serious makes me want to run back into the hotel. He knows the way we live. He knows the type of people we are.
……He knows why I visit the tree every year, and show up in his club right after, looking for every escape possible.
……Because we might be dead by tomorrow, and heaven forbid we die alone.
……A part of me wants to say all this, wants to ask him if it’s really okay. This isn’t my place. It’s a foreign land.”

Kimberley Julien, a Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says ”I do a lot of writing in the middle of class. I don’t set out to write in class. My mind just wanders a lot. My notes from all my classes are filled with story fragments, some pages long. Before computers got big, it used to be a real hassle. Now I can collate everything when I get home.”

Kimberly Julien is an English major from Lakewood, New Jersey. She enjoys foreign languages, film scores, lucid dreaming and writing. Her least favourite Shakespeare play is Romeo and Juliet.

 

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Nkiruka Umegbolu: Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant

Nkiruka poem photoTo honor the University’s Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

This year the contest includes both poetry and prose (in previous years it was “the Senior-Class-Poet Contest”). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards winners later this month.

“Retail Therapy”
by
Nkiruka Umegbolu

Jesus wept
As I walked
Through the revolving doors
Made a LEFT
Wait no
A RIGHT
Two more RIGHT(s)
Down the escalator
Around the corner
Then
A LEFT
This
Is the LEFT I was referring to earlier
The premature LEFT
Like when girls hit puberty
Before boys grow pubic hair
Ages 9-13
Aisle 14
Deliberation
& Renovation
My Barbie Dream House
& The Pink Glam Corvette
That I will always drive
To the job I will never have
Barbie I Can Be…
Anything , Trademarked & Copyrighted….
But only the
Mermaid
Beautiful Fairy
Ms. USA
Ballerina
Dolls are in stock
And
Before we entered
Mother explicitly stated
Either/Or
But I wanted to Have-It-All
So I Bought-Them-All
Fast forward…parking lot
Despair, Fatigue, Pain, Aggression
PMS?
Buyer’s Remorse?
Either/Or
c. All of the Above

Nkiruka Umegbolu, a Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “I know the poem is finished when I enjoy reading it aloud each and every time.”

Like this poem? Come to the Open Mic Poetry ReadingWed., April 23, 12 – 1 p.m. and you may get to hear this author read her poems. You’re also welcome to share your own. 

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Joe Steadman: Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant

Joe Steadman poem photo

Joe Steadman

To honor the University’s Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

This year the contest includes both poetry and prose (in previous years it was “the Senior-Class-Poet Contest”). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards winners later this month.

“Wild Onions and Golden Arms”
by
Joe Steadman

Drank the venom,
Spat dry its gold.
Cues up on the wall,
Eyes down to the night,
The up-down hours fell on us all.

Embraced sidewalks,
Each step its grace.
Human buildings idled,
Some stumbled the street,
Our lives we paused to stalk.

Our moon hovered,
City stars hid.
The dull buzz glowed,
Street lights and bar signs,
“24 hours, Polish to go.”

We breathed salt and beer,
Whispered gros mots and fear,
When we grew up in Chicago.

Joe Steadman, a Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “‘Wild Onions and Golden Arms’ is a painting of many nights I spent with Chicago, my friends from Chicago, and late night Chicago fare. I tried to make a pretty picture with words to show how each detail contributes to the action of the night, and how a young man’s wandering mind is very much part of that action.”

Joe Steadman is a French and political science major from Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys going to baseball games, reading Chicago authors and grilling with his friends in Ardmore.

Like this poem? Come to the Open Mic Poetry Reading, Wed., April 23, 12 – 1 p.m. and you may get to hear this author read his poems. You’re also welcome to share your own. 

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Lisa Sewell, PhD, Expands Poster Event to Include Student Prose

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Lisa Sewell and Alan Drew

Since 2006, Lisa Sewell, PhD, associate professor in the Department of English; director of programming, Gender and Women’s Studies; and faculty editor-in-chief of CONCEPT, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies, has collaborated with Falvey Memorial Library to hold an open-mic poetry reading. A well-published poet with several books of her poetry in Falvey’s collection, Dr. Sewell volunteers her time to engage students in and to promote this annual event.

Dr. Sewell has also worked with the Library to display posters featuring senior students’ poems throughout its first floor during April, National Poetry Month. This year, Dr. Sewell teamed up with Alan Drew, MFA, assistant professor of English/creative writing, to include both senior student’s poems and excepts from their prose on the posters. Why only seniors? These students are contestants for the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards.

Several contestants for the Class of 2014 Creative Writing Awards have given the Library permission to display their prose excerpts and poems not only on posters in the Library but also on the library’s blog. Please check here regularly to see their contest entries.


Article by Gerald Dierkes, information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater.

 

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Jeff Stevens, Falvey’s Latest Student Employee of the Month

Jeff StevensJeffrey (Jeff) Stevens, a junior from Cheshire, Conn., is Falvey’s new student employee of the month for February. Jeff works as a shelver and circulation-desk assistant, reporting to Barbara Haas, a library stacks management assistant, while shelving, and to Luisa Cywinski, Access Services team leader, while on the desk. Haas says, “He’s a wonderful student worker – very efficient, pleasant and a good time-manager. If I give Jeff a job to do, I know it will be done well and in a timely fashion.”

Jeff has worked at Falvey since the beginning of his freshman year. He says, “I have really enjoyed my time working at Falvey, especially working in the stacks. Not only do I have the instant gratification of finishing a bunch of small tasks, but also it is relaxing. I have taken a liking to listening to audio-books or catching up on news, via podcast, while shelving.” He has also been a Villanova resident assistant.

Jeff is a member of the Villanova Singers and the Pastoral Musicians. He enjoys singing and golfing.

He has a major in accounting and finance and a minor in real estate and will graduate in May 2015. After graduation he plans to work in the accounting department of a relatively large firm. “I could easily go the big four public accounting route, but from what I’ve heard about the lifestyle I’d much prefer sticking to the private sector. I’m a big proponent of having a strong work/life balance,” Jeff says.


The University Staff Council (USC) of Falvey, led by Linda Hauck, business librarian, selects a student employee of the month based upon nominations from the department supervisors of student employees.

Article by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team.

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Jane Golden and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Jane GoldenJane Golden, founder and executive director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, will present a talk on Monday, April 7, at 3:00 p.m. in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner. She will discuss the Mural Arts Program and present a slideshow of some of the latest, most impressive Philadelphia murals.

Golden began Mural Arts thirty years ago as an anti-graffiti program. Mural Arts is now internationally recognized for its leadership in community-based public art, a program which has involved over 30,000 young men and women. The participants have created 3,600 public murals. Mural Arts’ goal is “to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives and asserts our fundamental belief that art can ignite change.”

Mayor W.Wilson Goode (mayor 1984-1992) originally hired Golden to help combat Philadelphia’s graffiti problem. She reached out to the graffiti writers and, recognizing their artistic talents, began to provide opportunities for them to utilize their skills as mural painters in appropriate settings.

Golden was appointed director of the Mural Arts Program in 1996 when it was placed under Philadelphia’s Department of Recreation. She has supervised numerous complex public art projects which have helped transform Philadelphia neighborhoods and allowed thousands to experience art in every day settings.

She has undergraduate degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University. Golden received the Adela Dwyer – St. Thomas of Villanova Peace Award from Villanova in 2008. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at commencement in 2008. She also holds honorary PhDs from Swarthmore College, University of the Arts, Widener University and Haverford College.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and its concentration in writing and rhetoric, the Cultural Studies Program and Falvey Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public.

Article by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team.

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Dig Deeper: John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

On Thursday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. D.C. Schindler, PhD, associate professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology at The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America and former Villanova professor will present a talk titled “The Labor of Love: John Paul II and the Sanctity of Work” as part of the Library’s annual Pope John Paul II Legacy Lecture series. This lecture will explore the meaning of human work as a form of self-gift by reflecting on John Paul II’s insights about work in the light of the theological anthropology of his Theology of the Body.

The event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Department of Humanities, will take place in Room 204 in the Learning Commons and is free and open to the public.As this Legacy Lecture will explore the meaning of human work in the light of the theological anthropology of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, you may be curious to learn more about this seminal text. It is actually a compilation of over 120 lectures John Paul delivered to audiences in St. Peter’s Square and Paul VI Audience Hall between 1979 and 1984, shortly after he succeeded Pope John Paul I.

In these lectures, the Pope addresses a wide range of topics such as the Christian ideal of marriage, adultery, the resurrection of the body, celibacy and virginity, the sacrament of marriage, contraception and more. Generally, the lectures urge us not to perceive the body as an object, but as a gift worthy of dignity and reverence. The compiled text shows much depth and quality of thought because the Pope had studied philosophy and theology before his papacy, but there are several aids available to the adventurous reader (see below).


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Dig Deeper

For more information on Pope John Paul II and his Theology of the Body, please explore the following resources that Falvey Memorial Library currently offers.

Print Books

The Theology of the Body

Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s “Gospel of the Body”
An excellent commentary that is written in an accessible style and is divided into “cycles” that treat the main themes of the Theology of the Body.

Men and Women are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
A highly-readable study guide that provides nine accessible “lessons” that introduces the reader to the Pope’s message. Also recommended for study groups and marriage preparation courses.

John Paul > II, > Pope, > 1920-2005. > Theology of the body.
A listing of all items treating the Pope’ Theology of the Body. Be sure to check out researcher Christopher West’s series of DVDs on this subject.

John Paul > II, > Pope, > 1920-2005.
A listing of all items treating all aspects of the life and work of the Pope.

Websites

Theology of the Body Institute
A non-profit, educational organization promoting the Theology of the Body to both Christians and non-Christians alike. Offers a certification program, various courses, articles, videos, and much more.

Theology of the Body.net 
An online resource for John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that offers articles, documents, links and other resources to assist in promoting and disseminating the Pope’s message.


RS6126_Alex-Williams-work-stationAlexander Williams, ’11 MA, is the temporary librarian liaison to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a research librarian on the Academic Integration and the Information and Research Assistance teams. He is currently pursuing an MS in Library and Information Science at Drexel University’s iSchool.

Our Dig Deeper series features links to Falvey Memorial Library resources curated and provided by a librarian specializing in the subject, to allow you to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of seasonal occasions and events held here at the Library. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops! 

 

 

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Meet Kelly Forst, Scholarly-Outreach Graduate Assistant

ForstKelly Forst ’13 LAS, from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., is the Scholarly Outreach team’s graduate assistant for this academic year. Forst earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with a business minor from Villanova in 2013. She is enrolled in the graduate communication program and expects to graduate in May 2014 with a Master of Arts degree and a certificate in mediated communication.

Forst began working as a graduate assistant in August, reporting to Library Events and Program Coordinator Regina (Gina) Duffy, but has also worked as a tutor in the Writing Center during her junior and senior years, so she has worked in Falvey for three years.

“After graduation, I hope to gain experience in integrated marketing communication by working in a digital media agency. There’s so much about the communication field I enjoy, so working at an integrated agency will allow me to do a bit of everything, from public relations to social media, market research and strategic media planning. I’m also tossing around the idea of going back to school down the road to earn a PhD in new media studies and communication,” she says.

As the Scholarly Outreach team’s graduate assistant, Forst helps coordinate and manage events in the Library. She is responsible for organizing the undergraduate student workers, maintaining procedure manuals and documents, assisting in communication promotions as needed, writing and editing communication materials and reporting event statistics.

Her hobbies are music (playing the piano and the trumpet), volleyball, travelling, cooking, baking, reading dystopian novels and staying active.

Article by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team.

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Last Modified: March 27, 2014