Poetry movement thrives on campus

National Poetry Month is a time to honor poetry and its craft. The month of April is a special period for interested students to become involved in reading and writing poetry.

After writing and collaboratively workshopping their poems with others, students were then given the opportunity to use letterpress tools to print their poetry. (Photo by Dr. Amanda Licastro)

Stevenson University hosted multiple events in celebration of National Poetry Month. On April 1, there was a poetic table where students had the opportunity to letterpress their poems onto a poster. Posters will be on display in the Owings Mills library. On April 10, the Greenspring Review participated in a “Late Night Against Procrastination” study break that included poetry exercises for students.

“Hopefully, students will discover a new poem they love.  Or they will get to have the experience of getting creative with language and surprising themselves, maybe find themselves saying something they didn’t know they knew.  Those are the best moments, when poetry pulls something out of you that you weren’t quite conscious of.  It’s kind of alchemical that way,” said Laura T. Smith, professor of English and chair of the English department.

For students interested in learning more about poetry, Stevenson offers multiple courses in the upcoming fall semester. Smith will teach ENG 225: New Poetry Now. She described this course as a writing workshop in which students will get inspired by reading the work of new voices such as Rupii Kaur, Danez Smith, Solmar Sharif and Sam Sax.

Additional courses include associate professor Aaron Chandler’s ENG 287-01 Street Poetry: Whitman to Hiphop. This course focuses on writers who “combine the power of the demotic (the ordinary, everyday, current forms of language) with the poetic (the heightened, eloquent control of craft).”

Several students described their previous course experiences, including Mckenna Nartatez, who said, “I really enjoyed Nate Brown’s creative writing class.  It is a 100-level course, but it is a great introduction to writing in general and does focus on poetry.  It was a lot of fun.”

Others send their poetry to the Greenspring Review, through which students have the opportunity to get their poetry published. Josie Hunter has multiple pieces of poetry published in the Review. “My favorite poem that I published with the Greenspring Review was ‘Voids;’ it was about police brutality. I believe ‘Voids’ is one of my most well-written poems, and I believe I conveyed the emotion and perspective I wanted the reader to experience with the images I created,” said Hunter.

The Greenspring Review is open to all students to submit poetry, short stories and photography. The spring deadline for students’ work to be published in it is April 15. Submissions can be sent to greenspringreview@gmail.com.

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