Undergraduates given a chance to perform


Dhuha Darweesh reading her poetry. Photo provide by Cassandra Jaskiewicz.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the English department had its first “Yeah, You Write” reading series  in the Cove, with six student writers participating. This event is a way for undergrad students to perform their writing in a comfortable atmosphere. English instructor Robyn Hoskins opened the event with a warm welcome and gave introductions for each of the readers.

Bernel L. Davis, Marvin Bryant, Cayla Royster, Lionel Nosacka, Dhuha Darweesh and Sofia Gilmore-Montero all presented pieces of their writing at this event. These authors wrote and read pieces of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, some of which was semi-autobiographical. They read their work center-stage with nothing but a microphone, a chair and a spotlight.

For some of these students, this was the first time that they had ever read in front of an audience. For others, it was a chance to come back and refine their skills as orators and writers.

The new layout of the Cove gave more comfortable accommodations for the performers and the audience. The new chairs and couches made a tremendous amount of difference for both the atmosphere and engagement of the audience.

The event offered free food and drinks for the guests that attended, and the Cove was selling its regular menu items.

There were no strict requirements for submitting pieces for “Yeah, You Write,” and many of the student readers came in with different majors.

Gilmore-Montero, a foreign language and English major in her final semester, read a fiction piece about pirates for the event.

“It was my last semester as an undergrad, and I enjoyed [“Yeah, You Write”] so much the first two times that there was no way I was going to miss it again,” Gilmore-Montero explained.

Many students who read once return again to try out new ideas and new stories that they had written.

“My piece was inspired by conversation I had with my friend and my professor,” Gilmore-Montero explained.

For first-time readers, Gilmore-Montero had advice: “If you’re nervous, have a friend or loved one there to support you, have your fave drink or food beforehand and have the piece printed out in front of you because it gives you something to focus on. It’s easier than reading off of your phone.”

If an aspiring writer missed out on reading at this event, another “Yeah, You Write” will be held next semester, and will accept writers of all levels.