Happenings: Poetry Readings

Honors College shines spotlight
on San Marcos, university poets

A drawing illustrating student poetry.

These illustrations by Crockett Elementary School students were created in the "Teaching Poetry to Children" Honors College program.

The Honors College at Texas State University will host a pair of poetry events this week, featuring both poets from local elementary classrooms and established writers from the university community.

For six weeks, Texas State Honors students in professor Diann McCabe’s “Teaching Poetry to Children” class have made weekly visits to Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos to present poetry sessions to 19 first- through fifth-grade classes. The aim of the Tuesday morning sessions is to introduce poetry to children through reading great poetry and encouraging students to write their own poems in response. The results are 19 books of children’s poetry, written by the San Marcos students and compiled by the Honors undergraduates who presented the poetry sessions.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., young poets from these classes will read their favorite poems at the Hispanic Cultural Center in San Marcos, located at 211 Lee Street. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Diann McCabe at the Honors College at 512.245.2209 or dm14@txstate.edu.

Image of posterThe Honors College will host “Saying the Unsayable: Poems and the Act of Expression” the following night, Thursday, Nov. 17, as part of the Common Experience, Texas State’s campus-wide focus on a particular issue, changed year by year. In keeping with the 2011-12 theme, “Freedoms: The First Amendment,” writers and musicians from the Texas State community will come together for a night of free expression. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407, with live music by The Big Sound Quartet followed by poetry written and read by Kathleen Peirce, Steve Wilson, Roger Jones, John Blair, Ogaga Ifowodo and Cyrus Cassells.

The on-campus event — sponsored by the Honors Program, the English Department and the Common Experience — is also free and open to the public. For more information on the event, the Honors Program or the Honors College at Texas State, visit www.txstate.edu/honors.

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