Writing fellows to host poetry night and contest

The writing fellows will host a poetry night on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Cellar located in the A Building.

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Michael Nixon, winner of 2019 Halloween-themed poetry night, stands in costume in front of the crowd. (File photo).

Students and faculty can share their own work or other personal favorite poems, songs and stories. 

Original poems are eligible for submission in a poetry contest sponsored by the writing fellows and the Inside Out Dance Ensemble. 

This is the Writing Center’s second time collaborating with the IODE on the poetry contest, said Lori Jo Couch, assistant professor of English. 

The IODE will perform the winning poem chosen by the writing fellows. Last year’s winning performances were uploaded to YouTube.

“We thought last year’s was really successful,” Couch said. “We’re hoping to have more spectators this year for their performance.”

To enter the contest, read and submit a poem at the event, Couch said. It’s free to attend, and masks must be worn.

Couch said her favorite part about having poetry nights on campus is the sense of community it brings from seeing students performing and hearing their enjoyment.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to welcome students back to campus,” Couch said.