By Erin Keating
On Nov. 13 at 4:30, On Concept’s Edge hosted the annual Harvest Reading on the first floor of Miller Hall. The Harvest Reading is designed to showcase the works of the students in the English Department, whether they are Literary Studies, Creative Writing, or Communications majors. In addition to acting as a poetry and fiction reading, the Harvest Reading also serves as a food drive. Attendees and readers are asked to bring a canned or boxed non-perishable food item. All proceeds were donated to the Southern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Harvest Reading this year experienced unprecedented success. The first floor of Miller was packed with people, making it standing room only by the end of the event. This level of success was seen at the Creative Writing Student Reading held earlier in the semester as well. The high levels of attendance at events can be contributed to a large number of new students in the English department – many of whom showcased their own work at the reading.
Students from across all different classes were able to present their work at the reading ranging from the expertise of seniors in Creative Writing Seminar, as well as several students in Dr. Schultz’s INQ 110 class, “Poetry, What is it Good For?” This year’s readers included Frank Geurrandeno, Rebekah Seger, Eesha Imam Rachel Barton, Lydia Weltmann, Alexandra Reynolds, Nicole Brobston, Joseph Krzyston, Nicholas Ogbonna, Erin Keating, Abbie Haberkorn, Abigail Rose, and Marcello Novello Mendoza.
The closing act of the evening was a reading by Dr. Soon Khoo. Although he said he is not usually a poet in the way some of his colleagues are, he does record his dreams which leads to inspiration for writing. The poem that he read at the Harvest Reading was a recounting of a dream he had a couple years ago.
The Harvest Reading, once again, proved to be a great way to bring the English Department together. Following the reading, there were snacks, desserts, and the chance for students and faculty to socialize.
The Harvest Reading was sponsored by On Concept’s Edge, the literary magazine of Roanoke College. Submissions to the magazine are open through Nov. 27 at midnight. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. No more than five submissions per person, please.