The first Poetry Reading of the 2016-17 school year will be held on Friday, December 2 at 7:00pm, in the Commons Café. Poetry Readings have become a special night here at Charter Arts, and Writing Club works hard to organize them each and every year. If you are interested in reading a poem of yours, email your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are due Friday, November 25. You do not need to be a member of Writing Club to submit. Any questions can be directed to Zena Spratley, Michael Scuotto, or Mr. Walsh. If you are on the fence about submitting a poem, here are 6 reasons why you should submit to the Poetry Reading!
1. Hear Amazing Poetry
It’s no secret that our school is full of amazing artists. Poetry Readings confirm that our school is also full of amazing writers! Sometimes, people are falling out of their chair laughing so hard. Other times, they’re snapping their fingers until they feel numb. Or maybe, they are brought to tears just from hearing the words coming out of the poet’s mouth. Audiences are constantly amazed at what their peers, students, teachers, or children are capable of. No doubt, most leave Charter Arts Poetry Readings feeling awestruck and inspired.
2. Hear Teachers Read
Many of Charter Arts teachers are also poets! Every year, there is always a handful of teachers who read their poetry alongside students. There is nothing more thrilling and inspiring to hear our teachers’ artistic voices in this setting! Who would want to miss Mr. Walsh or Mr. Shuman spitting some wise words?
3. Potential Extra Credit
Some of the teachers in the English department have agreed to offer extra credit to any student who submits to the Poetry Reading. So not only will you reap the emotional benefits of reading your poetry aloud to a wonderful audience, but your grades will smile back at you as you receive extra points for going above and beyond! Keep in mind that this depends on who your english teacher is, and you must check with them to confirm.
4. Visit the Art Gallery
December 2nd is not only the first Poetry Reading, but it is also the opening of the Art Department’s Winter Student Art Exhibit! The art gallery will be open from 6 to 9pm, which means that in addition to hearing poetry, you can go right down the hall to look at amazing art done by Visual Art majors. This also means that collectively, a larger audience is round up! Many of those who come to see the Art Exhibit, often wander over to hear some poetry, and vice versa.
5. Meet People From the Community
You’d be surprised by how many people that attend the Poetry Readings have no connection with Charter Arts whatsoever. Many passersby, or people who hear about it on Facebook, come and are consistently blown away by the quality of work they hear. If you are an aspiring writer, or even just someone who is just now entering the realm of poetry, reading your work at this event is a great platform for you to network and connect with writers and artists from all over the Lehigh Valley.
6. Feel the Endless Love and Support from your School
Are you nervous about reading your work? Do you often feel intense stage fright? This Poetry Reading is the perfect place to start becoming more confident as a performer and public speaker. There is nothing more uplifting and exhilarating than reading your own work, and of course, receiving a positive reaction that an audience at Charter Arts is certain to provide. There is nothing but love and support circulating the eyes and ears of everyone who attends these readings. It is a truly amazing experience that you do not want to pass up!
Article by Zena Spratley.