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To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, The Central Pen will be having a written poetry contest open to all
1st place winner will receive $100, 1 year free membership to The Academy of American Poets, and publication in The Central Pen.
2nd place winner will receive $50 and publication in The Central Pen.
3rd place winner will receive $25 and publication in The Central Pen.
To submit, please send an email with a subject line of your Last Name_Poetry Contest to MelissaWehler@centralpenn.edu. In the email, please include your name, address, phone number, and the email address with one original poem as an attachment. Do not include your name on the poem itself.
All poems due no later than April 25, 2014. Winners will be noticed by May 15, 2014.
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Are you stuck inside today? Wishing that you were not sitting in the path of the winter storm? Want to get your creative juices flowing? Well, check out this short video.
It’s TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling work Eat, Pray, Love, where she talks about the “elusive” genius inside us all.
So, are you ready to tap into your elusive genius? Here some help to get you started:
- What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
- How would you survive the end of the world? Brains, braun, beauty?
- What would you do if you could go back in time and meet yourself?
- What would you do with a forbidden book of knowledge?
- How would spend in the next hour if you were invisible?
In a career-focused college, some may ask: how do outlets like literary magazines contribute to college students’ professional goals? how do they provide students with intellectual and professional advancement opportunities? and why do we need venues like literary magazines? This post series looks at each of these questions in-depth and offers advice to college students who are looking to navigate an increasingly challenging (and rewarding!) job market landscape.
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How do outlets like literary magazines contribute to our student’s professional goals?
A 2013 survey of 318 employers revealed that writing and related skills are at the top of my employers’ and recruiters‘ “must have!” lists:
93% of employers said that a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than a job candidate’s undergraduate degree.
95% say they prioritize hiring college graduates with skills that will help them contribute to innovation in the workplace.
80% of employers agree that regardless of their major, every college student should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.
95% of those surveyed say that it is important that new hires demonstrate ethical judgement and integrity, intercultural skills, and the capacity for continued new learning.
So, how does a literary magazine help students to gain these skills? Let’s look at them individually.
Some of the best places to write bring peace, tranquility, and harmony. These are the places that evoke the “creative juices” and have inspired some of the best works of literature. Being in a place helps your thoughts run wild, and you can hear yourself think.
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Call it a sanctuary–that special place where you can use the pen as your paintbrush and the paper as your blank canvas.
In the class room I am known as Professor Thiaw, a full time professor teaching mainly literary or cultural courses. What students may not see, is that I am also a professional writer, published under the names Maria C. James (before marriage) and Maria James-Thiaw.
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For me, writing is not a hobby, but a life-long career, and I am a working artist, not a starving one.
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Writing, in its many forms, is both an art and a process. While many people spend their spare time working out their feelings by writing, it takes a lot of effort to become a professional writer. The professional writer’s work doesn’t stay in their diary, but eventually rests on a book shelf (whether literal or virtual), available for public scrutiny. Continue reading
Mocktails and chit-chat to start the evening!
The Central Pen Literary E-Zine held a mixer event featuring the talents of students and faculty who submitted their creative work to the e-zine over the past year. The event was organized by the faculty co-advisors, Professors Maria James-Thiaw and Melissa Wehler, Sarah Douglass, and the WACH committee including Kathy Panza, Sarah Davidson, Diane Porterfield, Micaiah Smith-Morris, and Jack Babinchak. For the first part of the evening, students, faculty, and staff enjoyed mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and light jazz before sitting down to enjoy the creative talents of our creative community.
Christopher Porter, Aja Williamson, and Derrick Johnson
Derrick Johnson, first-place winner of the slam poetry contest held earlier this year, hosted the event. Along with the host, the event featured Aja Williamson, the second-place winner of the slam contest, and Christopher Porter, the third place winner. The three recited new, original poetry to an excited crowd of one hundred students, faculty, and staff. Keep an eye out for this triple threat at our next poetry slam. Continue reading
Join the contributors to the new “Central Pen Literary Journal” as they present their submitted works, ranging from poetry to short fiction. This upscale event features heavy hors d‘oeuvres and drinks. Attendees are asked to dress in business casual attire, just like you would dress when attending an after-hours business mixer or networking event.
Student performances begin at 8:30 p.m. The emcee guiding the night is student Derrick Johnson, winner of the 2013 NCommon Poetry Slam.
Shaashawn’s Wedding Passport to Love: Perfect Pairing Ceremony 8.24.2013
From radio broadcasting to mentoring students, Mrs. Shaashawn Dial-Snowden has achieved many memorable life-changing moments. Her nickname “The Voyce” is a symbol of independency and expression that portrays how closed mouths won’t get fed. Mrs. Dial-Snowden is the goddess sent from above to teach others how to express themselves with confidence and knowledge. Her ambition and success is like no one else. Her achievements display her motto: “the sky is the limit.” Many know Mrs. Dial-Snowden as the Lead College Advisor & First Year Experience Coordinator at Central Penn College, but that’s not all that she wrote! Continue reading