Seniors share final creative works

BY MEGAN RUDLOFF, STAFF WRITERScreen Shot 2015-02-22 at 5.16.47 PM

A senior reading highlighting the works creative writing majors Jay Butcher, Madison Clark, Rachel Consoli, Drew Dean, Jacob Dolan-Bath, Jennifer Farina and Jessica Gilchrist was held on Feb. 19 in the Lore Degenstein Gallery.
Butcher read a comedic short fiction story titled “Ace McArthur,” which was about a young boy who has an active imagination and comes upon how harsh reality can be.
According to Clark, she chose to read poetry pieces, such as “Son of a Pastor,” “Growing Up” and “Field Trips,” because her senior chapbook is a memoir piece. She said she did not have to make any major changes to her poetry, and she is grateful that the program has never tried to censor the visions of her works, but encouraged her to explore difficult moments.
“I think this [event] is an opportunity to showcase the way our writing process and our personal growth as artists have developed,” Clark said.
According to Dean, he read five poems, including “Stance of Orion,” “We Return Again” and “Above Abraham’s Gap,” which he composed as early as his sophomore year up to last semester. He added that he wanted to outline his progression from his first poem to what he has produced more recently.
Farina read a fiction story titled “Dante’s Soufflé,” which was broken into nine parts representing nine people and how they dealt with the death of a friend.
According to Dolan-Bath, he read a sequence poem, a separate poem and a short fiction piece titled “The Black Hair Boy.” He added that since it was difficult to find the right fiction piece to read, he just wrote a new one from scratch.
“To prepare for the reading, I read out loud every other day because I’m terrified of public speaking,” Dolan-Bath said.
According to Consoli, she chose to read an entertaining fiction piece about the app Tinder, because she hoped the audience would be interested and engaged.
“Reading out loud is what helps me prepare the best. We already did practice reads in my capstone class, so that was really helpful,” Consoli said. She added that she was focused on making sure she read at a proper speed and that the story flowed.
According to Gilchrist, she read a short story titled “Charlestown” about a gambling and ex-drug addict father. She added that she chose it because it is her most recent work and reflects her current writing style the best.
Gilchrist said: “Writing is about constant revision. I think the most important thing is that it’s okay to get overwhelmed, and it’s okay to feel like you’re spinning your wheels for a while. You are going to have times where you just don’t get it, and that’s perfectly fine. But you keep working. Write everything down, and when you feel overwhelmed, go back and read those things.”