Spring’s Last Words: Riggio Student Reading
Reading pieces that ranged from scholarly papers on achieving global justice to fiction featuring drunken sheep, Riggio students showcased the various types of work created in the program during their final reading on April 12. With an open mic format, the event invited students to share their work with their peers and to interact with each other as artists rather than just classmates.
Laura Cronk, Associate Director of the Riggio Program, calls the readings “one of the hubs of community for the program. Professional writers read their work in public and support their friends at readings, it’s how community happens.” There was a strong feeling of community in the room. People encouraged each other to read works in progress or finished pieces. There were cheers of approval, laughter, silences when the words hit their mark. The audience engaged with the readers, and the readers with the audience.
Continuing her thoughts about the reading series, Cronk added, “We want the Riggio students to have a tight community of writing friends when they graduate and to be confident participating in literary culture.”
Ashawnta Jackson is a perpetual student who occasionally tries her hand at the literary arts.
All photos by Ashawnta Jackson
Spring’s Last Words: Riggio Student Reading / Ashawnta Jackson
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