Highline celebrates Poetry Month
By Kenai Brazier - Staff Reporter
A plethora of poets will take the spotlight for National Poetry Month at Highline.
Throughout the month of April poets will perform and lead workshops, as they have for the last five years, for free.
These events began Tuesday featuring works read by the winners of the Highline Student Poetry Contest, followed by a reading from Jeanie Hall Gailey, one of the featured poets who also gave a writing workshop.
More events will take place throughout the month. Today in Building 16, room 115, a new student gallery will open called Poetic Visions: Art Work Inspired by Poetry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Poetry can help establish a relationship with yourself and the world, so visual art based on poems can help you to understand poetry," said professor and poet Susan Rich, one of the event's organizers.
Terrance Hayes, one of the headlining poets for National Poetry Month, will read on Wednesday, April 19 followed by a poetry workshop and gallery reception in the Mt. Olympus room of the Student Union, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hayes is a visual artist as well as a poet who has won a number of awards for his work.
"I would really recommend attending his workshop due to all of the experience Terrance has to offer," Rich said.
Following Hayes on April 20 is Angel Gardener, the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate, who will bring her poetry to the campus in Building 8, room 204 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is a collaboration between National Poetry Month, the Inter-Cultural Center and Multi-Cultural Affairs.
On April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 26, room 319 there will be a poetry across cultures workshop.
To wrap up National Poetry Month, Eddie Martinez will be presenting a Spoken Word workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"There are many ways to get involved with the poetry community at Highline, we even have a yearly book we publish with student poetry called Arcturus. Students can submit work for it throughout the year," said Rich.
"National Poetry Month is just one of the many ways you can get involved with the poetry community at Highline College. Poetry can be used in many different ways, even if you are just writing it for yourself, it is still important," Rich said.