WeSlam writes in:
It’s that time of year…
Thanksgiving is almost upon us; we are dreading the imminent celebration of colonial genocide. We are pre-stressed about finals stress. On a more somber note, we are devastated as a community by the hatred shown by our fellow countrymen and the failure of our political system.
What an apt time for a poetry slam.
The 10 poets performing on the Grand Slam stage are but a small sliver of the fantastic artists we have had come and go from our spaces. The top 5 scoring poets from this night will form the traveling competitive team which will represent Wesleyan at national intercollegiate slams.
WeSlam is also honored to bring Paul Tran to our stage as our feature poet.
Paul Tran is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net-nominated poet and historian. They won “Best Poet,” “Pushing the Art Forward,” and “The Torchbearers Award” at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). In 2015, they became the first Asian American in almost 20 years to represent the Nuyorican Poets Cafe at the National Poetry Slam (NPS) and Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS), where they ranked Top 10. In 2016, they were the first Asian American to represent Brooklyn at NPS, where they ranked Top 5. Paul is working on their first book. The manuscript examines intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. empire after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.They live in New York City, where they are the Poet-in-Residence at Urban Word NYC and Poetry Editor at The Offing. Read more about Paul on their site.
We are also thrilled to have the support of the Asian American Student Collective, the English and American Studies Departments, and the College of East Asian Studies in bringing Paul to campus.
**Paul will also be teaching a writing workshop at 4PM the day of the slam in the Shapiro Creative Writing Center**
Find more information and updates on the FB event.
Date: Saturday, November 19
Place: Music House (200 High St.)
Come see this performance:
The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America features 20 musicians who perform traditional Ukrainian songs and accompany themselves on the bandura, a 55-string instrument whose tone is often described as a blend of the piano and the harp.
Date: Saturday, November 19
Place: Memorial Chapel
Come support Wesleyan’s Visual Artists:
From November 10 – November 23, original prints, drawings and oil paintings by Wesleyan visual artists will be on display at The Buttonwood Tree, Main St’s non-profit performing arts and cultural center.
To kick off the gallery show, The Buttonwood Tree will also sponsor an evening of performances by Wesleyan musicians on Thursday November 10 at 8:30 pm.
Date: Thursday, November 10 to Wednesday, November 23
Place: The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center
(More info after the jump)
A very important message:
8 to 8 (the student run anonymous, confidential, listening service) is starting up for the semester. Call us anytime between 7pm-7am on weekdays or 7pm-10pm on Friday/Saturday at 860-685-7789 or chat with us through our website http://8-to-8.group.wesleyan.edu/ from 7pm-2am any night of the week. Our well-trained, committed, non-judgmental members are here to listen to your problems (or non problems). Please call us!
Seriously, 8 to 8 is awesome, and they’re there if you want to talk about anything at all. Call ’em! Beep ’em! Chat ’em thru the website!
From Ford Fellow Gabe Borelli ’16:
Writing is hard. Sometimes we make mistakes. But whether you like it, love it, or hate it, writing is a part of life here at Wes. And sometimes it’s hard to get our ideas into just the shape we want them.
But fear not! Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg and I have just the solution! We’re excited to announce that the Writing Workshop has officially re-opened its doors as of Monday, September 12th.
At the Writing Workshop a staff of trained peer tutors is available to meet with you at every stage of the writing process. You can meet with a tutor to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, edit a rough draft of a paper, or review a professor’s comments on completed work. Everyone is welcome and all services are free. Make an appointment through your E-portfolio (click on “Writing Workshop”) or stop by during drop-in hours. One-on-one appointment slots last 45 minutes (though you do not have to use the whole time period), and all Workshop Tutors will be taking drop-in students in the event that there are un-booked appointments when you decide to drop in.
If you have any questions, please contact Ford Fellow Gabriel Borelli at (860) 685-2440 or writingworks(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
For the writing workshop’s fall schedule, click through: