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   Volume IV, Issue 5
May 2008   

Third Annual Falvey “Open Mic” Poetry Reading

 “Anticipation” described the mood as students and faculty gathered near the podium in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge for the third annual Open Mic poetry reading on April 23. Sponsored by the English Department and the Library, the occasion also celebrated April as National Poetry Month.

This initial mood of expectancy became enthusiastic as poets shared their creativity and mutual support. One by one, poets of various backgrounds, ages and experiences contributed their efforts and, in the process, strengthened their common bond with the audience: their appreciation for poetry.

The open mic reading included Villanova University students, faculty and staff. Among the numerous student poets sharing
Poets Conor Lynch and Emily Schademan
their work, several seniors read their poems: “Be,” by Conor Lynch; “Stealing Blackberries,” by Brian Mehler; and “Hands,” by Emily Schademan. These and the poems of other senior poets could be seen on posters throughout the Library’s first floor, in competition for the Senior Class Poet award.

In addition to the student poets, faculty and staff members Timothy Feeman, Ph.D., Marylu Hill, Ph.D., Lisa Sewell, Ph.D., and Judy Olsen offered poems of their own. 

Dr. Sewell, associate professor, English department; Olsen, publications and communication librarian; and the Falvey Programming & Outreach team organized this event.

On May 2, Dr. Sewell announced at the English department awards ceremony that Brian Mehler was selected 2008 Senior Class Poet. Vincent L. Johnson and Conor Lynch were named 2008 Class Poet, Honorable Mention.

Contributed by Gerald Dierkes; photograph by Alice Bampton