Posted on: April 8, 2021 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0
Asmaa Herzallah reads her poem, “Keep Palestine Alive,” which she submitted to the MV Poetry Contest.

Miss attending live performances? Although we still can’t get together in person, you can attend a live virtual event on Thursday afternoon as Moraine Valley showcases student poets and musicians during the first ever Virtual Coffeehouse.

The event, sponsored by the library and The Glacier, will feature students reading original poems they submitted to the MV Poetry Contest. It is part of a celebration of National Poetry Month.

The contest judges, communications professor Panshula Ganeshan, librarian Hannah Carlton, and award-winning Glacier writer Valerie Olivares, were impressed with the quality of the poems submitted.

“It was wonderful to listen to and experience these poems,” Carlton said. “I am excited for the event.”

Ganeshan, who will kick off the Coffeehouse by reading some of his own poetry, also was excited about the student poets: “I was really stoked to hear from all of them. Each has such a precious voice.” 

The Coffeehouse, which takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. will be organized into three 30-minute sets, so if people are unable to attend the entire time, they can jump in for just one set.

Between sets of poems, student musicians will perform. David Aguilar will perform his own original songs, and Colton Athy will play ukulele and sing. Winners of the poetry contest will be announced in the final set.

This free social event is open to the public.  The Virtual Coffeehouse will take place through WebEx.If interested in attending, you can hold your spot by registering through this link:

Marissa Perales performs her poem “Pie,” which she submitted to the MV Poetry Contest.

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