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April 9, 2012


Creative Writing classes take trip to the The Poncan Theatre

claws field trip

Cowley College's creative writing classes took a trip to Ponca City to view the slam poetry documentary "Louder Than a Bomb", winner of more than a dozen film festival prizes.

Prior to the viewing, the 17 students, along with club sponsors Marlys Cervantes and Ryan Doom, toured the historic Poncan Theatre and learned its place in the history of live theatre and film, viewed the rare collection of lobby art that was discovered hidden away several years ago, and heard some of the Theatre's ghost stories.

Erica Parent, Creative Claws president, expressed her thanks to the many volunteers who made the trip to The Poncan enjoyable. Zane May, club vice president, said, "Creative Claws tour of the Poncan was a delightful acquaintance to history and inspiration."

Many students brought journals or laptops and wrote poetry and journals immediately following the tour and film. "Ponca City has a wealth of culture for students to explore, and the Poncan was an excellent place to do this," says Cervantes, Humanities Department chair. "Ryan and I were delighted to experience this with the students and see all the inspiration they received."

Upcoming events for the creative writing program at Cowley include Writers' Corner on April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room, as well as a showcase, Life: Through Words and Lens, on May 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Wright Room. The showcase will include creative writing portfolios, photography, graphic design and mass communications video projects.

"The community is invited to come and enjoy the works of Cowley students. I can't tell you how proud we are of this group of young men and women,” Cervantes said.