WSU Vancouver’s Writing Center sponsors ‘An Evening of Expression’

The WSU Vancouver Writing Center held its first official open microphone poetry reading on Oct. 3. Kandy Robertson, clinical associate professor of English and Writing Center coordinator, said she plans to hold more open-mic nights to encourage stronger creative relationships between aspiring writers, poets and artists on campus and in the local community.

The atmosphere at the center was relaxed as speakers and listeners filtered into the room. The evening’s featured speaker was poet, novelist and editor, Richard F. Yates, a graduate of Portland State University who currently works at the Writing Center. Yates wrote his first book at the age of seven. He recently finished a young adult novel  and also writes for various zines, which are small, often self-published books
or magazines.

On this evening, Yates read from “Night Noises,” his first book of poetry. “Night Noises” is currently available on Amazon.

Poet, publisher and host Christopher Luna stepped to the front to introduce the first poet. Luna, a native New Yorker, works as a writing consultant at WSU Vancouver and is an adjunct English instructor at Clark College. In his free time, he pursues a variety of art and publishing projects. On the second Thursday of every month, Luna also hosts “Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic,” an uncensored poetry reading at Cover to Cover Books, 6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B, Vancouver, Wash.

“Doing these events within the community is important so people can have a venue to listen, read and appreciate that poetry has value and is meaningful to their lives,” Luna said.

The Writing Center encourages and fosters better writers both on campus and within the community.

“This is our attempt to bring the community into a relationship with WSU Vancouver and provide poets and artists a place to perform and display their work,” Robertson said. “This is the first event where we have really opened up and asked the community to come to campus and share their work with us and let us share our work with them.”

For anyone looking for an enriching evening, or to feel the rush of exposing a piece of themselves through their art, the next open-mic event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the campus Writing Center, Library building Room 203.

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