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Creative Writing students will present “Nimble Tongues: Poetry You Have Never Heard Before, and May Never Hear Again”8 p.m. today in the Farinon Center Snack Bar.

An open reading will follow the poetry read by the scheduled students. Light refreshments will be served.

“This is a great chance to hear what your peers are doing with their talents — unique, engaging, and just plain entertaining,” says neuroscience major Shana Merrill ’04 (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), a member of the class, which is taught by Lee Upton, professor and associate head of English, and the first professor to hold the title of writer-in-residence at Lafayette.

“They’re a cohesive, lively, and motivated group of writers,” says Upton. “Over the course of the semester they’ve shown themselves to be increasingly adventurous.”

Upton is encouraging students to express themselves in many different ways in order to find the writing techniques and styles that most effectively convey their creativity, says Merrill.

“We produce a large volume of work and gain valuable feedback from both her and fellow students,” she notes. “She has a way of making everyone feel comfortable while developing their skills as writers.”

“I look at things differently as a writer due to being exposed to many different writers and styles,” adds Merrill. “She has taught us various techniques to create different effects in both poetry and prose fiction writing. From a personal standpoint, it has helped me develop my ability to present my work to others.”

Categorized in: Academic News, Creative Writing, The Arts