Poetry Month rhymes with Lewis University English Department

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Poetry Month rhymes with Lewis University English Department

Published: April 16, 2013.

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Jet Fuel Review staff is hosting an open mic night 7-10:30 p.m. April 19 in the Student Union. There will be two bands, an open mic poetry reading, food, and a raffle.

Dr. Jackie White, associate professor of English, kicked off the month early on March 21, when she read with other writers of “A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration” at the Velvet Lounge as part of a jazz and poetry evening celebrating the second inaugural of President Obama.

White continued throughout the month facilitating a book club exploring the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, in anticipation of The Guild Complex, Third World Press, and the American Writers Museum joint sponsorship of the first annual marathon reading of the work of Gwendolyn Brooks on June 7, 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Participants will include civic and cultural luminaries, children and youth, readers and poets.

Dr. Simone Muench, associate professor of English, currently has her Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop students collaborating with Northeastern University’s art students to have their poems transformed into letterpress broadsides by Northeastern art students.

A few weeks prior to National Poetry Month, Dr. Jamil Mustafa, chair and professor of English, presented “Haunting ‘The Harlot’s House’” at the University of Chicago’s 18th- and 19th- Century Cultures Workshop. Mustafa’s presentation considered Oscar Wilde’s poem within the context of late-Victorian literature and culture.

Lewis University’s English Department offers degree programs that develop a solid foundation in literature and language while specialized in writing, in literature, or in preparation for teaching. Development opportunities available to English students include an honor society, a student literary journal, scholarships, a student fine arts magazine and internships.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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