poetry

September 22, 2016 - 8:07pm
Student poetry club holds opening ceremony to meet with interested members, practice performing and announce new events.

For nearly a decade, Verbal Blend Poetry has recruited students to write, perform and compete in spoken-word poetry. The group kicked off its first event of the semester on Wednesday with performances from both returning and new members.

Coordinator for Student Engagement Cedric Bolton founded the organization in 2007, and has planned writing workshops, open mic nights and poetry slams for this year.

March 3, 2016 - 11:13am
The Syracuse Poster Project illustrates the city in a vibrant way that contrasts the gloomy reputation that encompasses it.

"Sulfur scent, dragons linger, glow like jellyfish, spit smoke, float; fireworks." 

 

This is the haiku on which illustration senior Lindsey Leigh chose to center her contribution to the Syracuse Poster Project.

December 9, 2015 - 2:55pm
Centro driver Mickey Mahan says his job provides him with inspiration and practice to be a poet.

Centro bus driver Mickey Mahan recites his poems while he drives the Route 344 bus from Syracuse University’s South Campus to the main campus every morning. He adopted his nickname, “The Flying Busman,” from “The Flying Dutchman,” a folklore about a ghost ship that sailed the ocean forever.

Mahan describes his job as a perfect fit for him because it provides him with inspiration and the space to practice his poetry. The city view gives him ideas about poetry, and he writes poems when his bus stops.

December 8, 2015 - 9:51pm
Transmedia seniors Kevin Sampaio and Danny Peña wanted to create a space for a large amount of artists to share small pieces of work, and a little bit of themselves.

The Micro Expressions event, hosted by transmedia seniors Kevin Sampaio and Danny Peña, took place this past Saturday night, December 5th at Spark Contemporary Art Space. Students were invited to showcase all forms of art such as their poetry, music, video art, sculptures, photos and paintings.

December 7, 2015 - 5:09pm
Eleven students compete to be top poet in skill, presence and content at Verbal Blend's 6th annual poetry competition.

One mic: one voice.

December 4, 2015 - 6:40am
Anti-sexual assault organization, The Girl Code Movement, hosted Create the Space, an open mic night where student performers shared their thoughts about social issues.

 The Girl Code Movement held their first open mic night called Create the Space on Thursday. In partnership with Syracuse University’s Intergroup Dialogue Program, the free event gave student singers, musicians, poets and performers an open platform to express and discuss social issues on the SU campus, particularly relating to race, gender and sexual assault.

October 29, 2015 - 4:10pm
The LGBT Resource Center hosted four poets at "Dear Straight People," the keynote event for Coming Out Month.

“Dear Straight People: Congratulations, we made it to 2015 without having this conversation,” Yazmin Monet Watkins said in front of a lively audience that snapped and cheered at Hendricks Chapel on Tuesday night.

October 8, 2014 - 10:31pm
A free workshop on writing love poetry at the DeWitt Community Library brings quirky and touching moments from community members.

Love can be an erupting volcano, purring, the emotional trajectory of a yo-yo or even an aardvark. These were just some of the thoughts shouted out by eager participants in a free love poetry workshop held at the DeWitt Community Library. Local poet and retired librarian Martin Willitts Jr., 65, had invited the dozen or so members of the crowd to expand their definition of love through free association, while he scrawled their responses on a large sheet of paper.   

April 21, 2014 - 1:28pm
Robert McNeill, who drives both the Shuttle 44 and the Shuttle U Home, talks about his different experiences transporting people late at night.

Robert McNeill is a former Syracuse University student and army veteran who is currently employed as a driver for Shuttle 44 under the Department of Public Safety. He also drives the Shuttle U Home for Students for Community Safety, a branch of DPS.

October 30, 2013 - 11:20pm
Notable poet Billy Collins spoke in Hendricks Chapel Wednesday as part of the 2013 University Lectures.

In a packed Hendricks Chapel on a clear autumn night, Billy Collins graced an intent audience with his artistry, warm presence and sense of humor.

As part of the 2013 University Lectures, the community was not only privileged to hear Collins speak, but was also able to share a moment of joy with him, as he found out that his book of poetry entitled Aimless Love, reached No. 15 on The New York Times Bestseller List just minutes before he stood in front of the audience.