by Rebecca Doverspike
On the last Thursday before before the start of the Fall 2013 semester, we held our 3rd annual Rooftop Reading at Cafe Montmarte atop Hotel Morgan. Such a reading began, thanks to our COW predecessors, during my first year entering the MFA program and it was such a wonderful welcoming that it turned into tradition. We couldn’t have asked for clearer weather—light blue skies and a sun setting just a little faster than during the heart of summer—as we heard from 3rd and 2nd years as well as some brave 1st years. Thanks to Cafe Montmarte for hosting, all the COW officers (especially President Hannah McPherson) for putting on the event, everyone who attended and those who read, and, to our ever-encouraging faculty. It was wonderful to reunite and meet new faces, and geared us all up for an energetic and productive year. Below are some photos (all courtesy of Fiction Professor Glenn Taylor):
MFA Director Mary Ann Samyn and English Chair Jim Harms (both fantastic poetry professors), ready to listen.
2nd year nonfiction writer, Sadie, gives us witty and thought-provoking insight as she ponders how childhood experiences shape a person.
2nd year MFA, Xin Tian, reading her ever-eloquent poetry.
2nd year poet and CRR Editor, Patric, reading powerful words involving loss and bus rides (sometimes interwoven).
2nd year MFA and COW President Hannah McPherson reading some thoughtful creative nonfiction about her time in Turkey.
Writers come in all heights! From front to back: Sadie, Morgan, Mari, and John.
Some old and new MFAs chatting after the reading.