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Poetry and Prose: Students Share Original Works at Open Mic Event

On Tuesday, April 17, Villanova students, staff and faculty gathered in Speakers’ Corner to celebrate National Poetry Month. The annual Open Mic event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, provides members of the Villanova community the opportunity to share original work and listen to prose ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime.

Alan Drew, M.F.A; Associate Professor of English; Director, Minor in Creative Writing; Director, Villanova Literary Festival, welcomed attendees and previewed a never before seen chapter of his new novel. Check out Drew’s latest novel, Shadow Man.

Inviting his faculty members and Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration; History, Sociology & Criminology Liaison Librarian, Vicrim Chima, second year graduate student in the department of history, shared multiple works he had written, including one story he plans to turn into a children’s book.

Participating in numerous Open Mic events, senior Marianne Donley, spoke about a landmark near her hometown and thanked her professors for their guidance during her time at Villanova.

Chris Smith shared a poem he wrote for class.

Briana Hayes had the audience laughing as she talked about customer service in her story titled, “I Hate People.”

Tia Parisi shared the thoughts of inhabitants on the Las Vegas strip in her creative writing excerpt.


Do you have a poem or prose you’d like to share? Or, do you just want to listen? Either way, join us for the next Open Mic event. Follow the library on social media for further updates!


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Last Modified: April 18, 2018