Near the end of each semester, as part of a tradition established in the late 1990's by former faculty member Dr. Catherine Sustana, creative writing students gather to read their creative work—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, dramatic monologues—to an enthusiastic crowd. Memorable moments over the years have included a rap-inspired salute to African-American contributions to music, a poem about the trials of learning ballroom dancing, the comedic meditations of a man falling from the Eiffel Tower, a story about a life-changing encounter with a homeless former beauty queen, and many poems navigating the hazardous emotional terrain of relationships with mothers, fathers, friends, and lovers. Below enjoy photos of some or our recent readings.
Fall 2012 Student Reading
The Student Reading on Monday, November 16, 2012, filled the venue with applauding and pizza-munching students and faculty. The six readers above are: Nick Becher, who read poems “Moku” and “Kaua,” about living in Hawai‘i; Lindsey Appleton, who read a poem in response to the garden of Eden and a sonnet inspired by Dr. Houston Wood; Daniel Gage, who began the reading with poems about God, sex and depression; Shay Kauwe and Dana Ahlin, who both read a co-written poem titled “To the Man Who Stood Me Up and the Man Who Sat Me Down”; and Demi Grace Delos Santos, who ended the reading with a short poem.
Spring 2012 Student Reading
Student Reading Represents Varying Themes, Styles
About 15 HPU students read from their own creative works in LB Mezz 1 on April 4. Some read short stories while the majority read or performed poetry. Subjects ranged from anorexia and bulimia to dreams to environmental pollution to Rodin’s sculpture of St. John the Baptist. In one poem the speaker is the Earth itself, addressing humanity to take part in her vital breath. Another is a series of journal entries regarding psychiatric visits. Two stories were written as responses to established literary works: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.” Another read a poem in response to Anthony Hecht’s "The Dover Bitch,” itself a humorous parody of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach.” Everyone could see that we have no shortage of creative talent here at HPU. If you did not make it to this reading, there is one every semester, so look out for our next reading in Fall.