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Celebrating writers, poets, and readers
Monday, March 13 • 6-8 p.m.

Join us in RAC 117 for a craft lecture with Heidi Kaloustian, former fiction editor of The Iowa Review. She will discuss “beginnings”—how to set up a story, how to gain the reader’s interest, and how to craft that all-important first sentence. She will also offer insight to writers interested in publishing their creative work, and speak about her time at The Iowa Review. There will be time after the lecture for a brief Q & A.

Location: RAC 117
Thursday, March 167-9 p.m.

Blackberry Winter and the Rochester College English Department present Poetry Slam night in the ALT. Hosted by and with a short performance from Dimonique Boyd, our slam will highlight student poets and offer $100 in prizes for the top three poets.
Copies of Blackberry Winter will be on sale for $5.
See contest rules below. 

Location: Gold Room
Friday, March 176-8 p.m.
Swing by HL 115 for a fiction workshop hosted by YA author Joshua McHenry Miller (Tyrants and Traitors, 2016). Come prepared to brainstorm, write, and workshop a scene of your very own! Workshop will focus on characterization and dialogue.

Everyone is welcome to attend these free events!

Location: Ham Library 115
Email for more info. All events are free to RC students, faculty, and alumni, as well as the Rochester community. 

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Join us for the launch of the spring issue of Blackberry Winter at our 2017 Poetry Slam!

We will gather in the Gold Room on March 16, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. Poets may sign up to compete by emailing with their name, the title of their piece, and the estimated length of their performance. This event is being sponsored by Rochester College’s English Department, Blackberry Winter, The Dessert Oasis, and Mr. B’s. First, second, and third place poets will receive gift cards from our sponsors.


Rochester College 2017 Poetry Slam Rules

  1. Poems must be original work that was composed by the speaker (or speakers, if the poem is a collaborative project).
  2. Poems must be no longer than three minutes (penalties will be given by the judges to poets who exceed this limit). A time-keeper will keep the official time.
  3. Keep it clean! Rochester College is both a Christian and an Academic institution. Poems may deal with controversial subject matter, but participants are expected to express themselves without profanity or other vulgar language.
  4. No costumes (a costume is anything you wouldn’t normally wear), props (something you bring on stage that could be seen to enhance your performance) or instruments (you can beat box, sing, slap your legs or chest but you can’t use a guitar or harmonica or kazoo, for example).
  5. Poets must sign up ahead of time (email to sign up) and check in at least ten minutes before the slam begins. Poets arriving after the slam has begun may not be allowed to perform.
  6. In the event of a tie, poets may wish to prepare a second poem to perform as a tie breaker.
  7. The slam will take place in a small theater space on campus; poets will not need any mics (and no equipment will be provided).
  8. Five judges will be selected randomly from the audience. Poets will be scored on a 10-point scale, and the lowest and highest score will be dropped.
  9. First prize is $50 in gift cards to The Dessert Oasis and Mr. B’s, Second prize is $30 in gift cards, and Third prize is $20 in gift cards.

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