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Columbia College students and professors share poetic thoughts

Temiloluwa Adeyemi, staff writer

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The Pearce Communication Center hosted “Words Under the Stars” Sept. 29, a poetry open mic night for the Columbia College community at Mitzi’s Garden.

 

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Brynna Gregg

The organizers were Brynna Gregg, senior English and literature studies major, Michelle Troup, senior biology major, and Melissa Heidari, Ph.D., English professor and director of the PCC.

 

The evening began with a short poem about love and astrological illustrations by Gregg, the event moderator.

“No procrastination, don’t rely on recollection…it doesn’t have to be true, perfect at first, just written” was a phrase recited from the poem entitled “Little Eddie,” written and recited by Vernon Jackman, Ph.D. and English adjunct professor.

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Vernon Jackman reading “Little Eddie”

 

Before reading their poems, Christine Hait, Ph.D., English professor, and Tamara Burk, Ph.D., communication professor, reminded us of Mildred “Mitzi” Missouri Winesett, who had served as the first director of counseling at Columbia College from 1989-2010.

The PCC will host poetry workshops with the college’s literary and arts magazine, The Criterion, soon, according to Gregg.

About 40 people attended the event, including students and faculty. The PCC provided coffee, cookies and bottled water. First-year students took selfies for experiential learning points for LA 100 credit.

 

 

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Temiloluwa Adeyemi, Editor

Temiloluwa Adeyemi is a junior with a political science major and media writing minor. She loves learning languages, and she is interested in being a foreign...

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Melvonia Taylor is a senior media writing and public relations double major with minors in applied computing: media writing track and leadership studies....

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