Every year, the Rose O’Neill Literary House hosts their “First Year Reading” where first-year students can sign up to read their creative writing. Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House Dr. Jehanne Dubrow said that this reading, “features students currently enrolled in the College’s introductory courses to creative writing, English 103, which are run this semester by Professor James Allen Hall and Professor Kathy Wagner.”
According to Dr. Dubrow, this event was also combined for the third year in a row with the Literary House’s annual holiday party. There were holiday treats after the reading including candy cane, Christmas tree, menorah, and dreidel shaped cookies, apple cider, and hot chocolate. This year consisted of a fairly large lineup of readers, so Dr. Dubrow dived right in to the reading, introducing the first reader who would introduce the next and so on. This was the lineup.
- Freshman Ben Cooper: He read his poem “Drunken Words and Blowjobs.”
- Freshman Jack Despeaux: He read from his two poems “The Marble” and “Star Gazers.”
- Freshman Caroline Harvey: She read from her two poems “Ravenous Pool” and “Brother.”
- Freshman Chris Irving: He read from his two poems “Peach Avenue” and “So You Want to be a Pimp?” “I like the gritty stuff,” he said. “I thought of the streets, and what it’s like out there.”
- Freshman Alexandra Liebman: She read the beginning and end of her short story “Don’t Let the Lullaby Die.” She said, “It’s basically about a girl who only has thirty days to live. She is dying of an illness, and she’s more upset about the fact that her boyfriend broke her heart. Her older brother forces her to write this song, and she realizes that she doesn’t need this guy to tell her that she’s not worth anything.”
- Freshman Andrew Poe: He read from his three short poems “A Lover’s Brew,” “Lady of the Locke,” and “The Block.” He said that the “Lady of the Locke” is “more like a sing-song than a poem,” so he actually sang it.
- Freshman Rachel Poe: She read from her nonfiction essay “Buddy.”
- Freshman Mallory Smith: She read from her two poems “Portrait of my Mother in September” and “Crabs.” “I have a family home on the Eastern Shore, and that inspired a lot of my poetry,” she said.
- Freshman Alexis Stella: She read from her three poems “Space,” “Air,” and “The Best Kind of Empty.”
- Freshman Abby Wark: She read from her poem “Hello Old Friend.”
- Freshman Hope Watland: She read an excerpt from her short story “Did I Ever Tell You about the Time Some Rascal Broke my Fence?”
- Freshman Andrew Wells: He read the beginning of his short story “Reasons for Moving.”
- Freshman Casey Williams: She read from her two poems “The Sun” and “Curse Kingdom.”
- Freshman Jordan Zotto: She read from her poem “Natural Selection.”
Overall, the event had a great turn out. According to Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House Lindsay Lusby, 51 people including the readers attended this event.