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Students read writers for family weekend


Tyler Thorne

Staff writer

This Saturday, October 1st, the Roanoke  English Department will be hosting its annual Creative Writing Student Reading. It will be at 3:30 p.m. on the back patio of the Fowler Alumni House. Roanoke College’s best and brightest Creative Writing students will be reading original prose and poetry that embodies their unique style and personality, so please come and support them. This year’s talented readers are as follows:

Josh Callum ‘12 has prepared two original works of poetry which are entitled Prayers and Ghosts.

Jen Giannini ‘12  has not yet decided on what she will be reading, so it remains an  surprise to see what kinds of things she will chose from her body of work.

Allie Helms ‘14 will be sharing a more extensive collection of her personal poetry including Confessions of an Abusive Teen Relationship, Insomnia Beauty on a Saturday Night, as well as Love Letter to an Airman Basic.

Colleen Morrison ‘13 will be reciting two original poems entitled Hell’s Bells and It Is Said.

Sarah Palmer ‘15 is reading an original poem which centers around the theme of loss. It is entitled The Pin.

Chelsea Waltman ‘14 will be reading an original short story she wrote for her Creative Writing Fiction class entitled The Broken Frame. It is an emotional story told from the viewpoint of a father and his son.

These brilliant writers have put a significant amount of time and effort into writing their poetry and fiction, so come out Saturday and reward their hard-work and dedication by serving as an attentive audience. Free refreshments will also be served, so stop on by during Family Weekend and bring your parents along too.

In case of rain nothing is going to be canceld. Instead, the event will be moved to the living room of the Fowler House. The English Department is excited about this  and hopes that you can attend this event celebrating Roanoke’s Creative Writing Program.

For those who are interested in creative writing as a future career path, the English Department offers a Creative Writing major as well as minor.

Also, be sure to check out the Creative Writing Club which meets next Friday, October 7th, from 4-5 p.m. in the basement of Miller. The Creative Writing Club has a new writing activity each week. Writers can talk about their own and others work. Come and flex your creative writing muscles and have fun putting your ideas to paper.

Student Reader Josh Callum also runs a second writing club, not affiliated with the college, entitled Underground, Ltd. that meets Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in Miller 213. Both clubs welcome all students with a love of writing so it is possible to join both clubs.

Creative Writers, and anyone who writes, should also check out the college’s literary magazine, On Concept’s Edge, which is currently taking poetry and prose submissions from students. They put out their magazine once a year.