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February 27, 2015

Students present original works at Writers’ Corner


Writers' CornerCowley College Creative Claws hosted Writers' Corner on Thursday, February 26th, in the Galle Band Room, with about thirty-plus audience members who braved the cold to support the writers. Ian Brannan and Alecia Henson, co-presidents of the club, welcomed the audience, and Brannan warmed up the crowd with a series of comedic haiku.

Eleven writers presented original works, and four of those were first-time presenters.

"We were down a bit in numbers tonight, primarily due to sickness of some of our writers, but the evening was pure quality and fun. Having new presenters each time we host this event shows just how welcoming the writers are here at Cowley," Marlys Cervantes, Humanities department chair and director of the program said.

Several students had supportive parents or other relatives in the audience, and these family members expressed their appreciation for the ongoing activities like Writers' Corner that will be missed when the students move on to a four-year university. Cervantes explained that many students visit and express their appreciation for what they had at Cowley because their current schools don't have anything similar until graduate school.

"I feel very lucky our students experience what they do at Cowley. This would not happen without the avid support of our administration,” Cervantes said.

Special guest at the event was Quinn Johnson, winner of this year's Junior Division at Arts & Humanities Day and the high school prize for a writing contest sponsored by the club. Two entertaining works were presented by Johnson, who is a sophomore at Ark City High School. Johnson has won the Junior Division's top award for two years now.

The program's next event will be to travel to Tulsa, OK in March to hear author Neil Gaiman discuss his experiences as a writer. Gaiman has a wealth of diverse success in his writing career, many of which will be especially interesting to our students. In the recent past, students in the program have traveled to see Tim O'Brien, James Patterson and Kathryn Stockett.

The next Writers' Corner will be on April 30, and Brannan and Henson invite everyone to come enjoy the readings. The last segment of the event in April will honor the graduating Creative Writing majors.

Cervantes invites the public to come to Life: Through Words and Lens, a student showcase of writing, photography, video production and graphic design, on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

"It's a great way to support these creative young men and women. I look forward to seeing many from the community come to see what has been happening at Cowley College," Cervantes said.

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