Wake: Up to Poetry
Wake Up to Poetry Celebration: A WFU Press’ Intern’s Reflection
This past Saturday night marked Wake Forest University Press’ first Wake Up to Poetry Celebration. In honor of National Poetry Month, WFUP collected student submissions, receiving more than 50 poems. The submissions were then evaluated by award-winning poets, Adrian Rice, Rachel Richardson, and David Roderick. At Saturday’s event the student winners Baily Pittenger, Mackenzie Connollee, Jessica Whitehair, and Kory Riemensperger read their winning poems. Not only did I awaken to some truly thought-provoking and powerful words from my peers, but I also had the privilege to hear the works of the three award-winning judges.
Saturday night was a unique experience that brought the community together in a celebration of poetry and music. It was an event that united a diverse group of people including student poets, seasoned poets, poets for social justice, and local and renowned musicians. WFUP looks forward to making the event annual in hopes of bringing together even more people in such a positive environment for artistic expression.
If I took one thing away from Saturday’s event it was that poetry matters. Not only is poetry an exploration of self and soul but it (not unlike music) has a universalizing power that brings people together.