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Written by: Jessica DumfordApril 14, 2017

Students interested in hearing new literary works written by students or pieces by established authors can visit the Spring 2017 Student Reading at noon on April 17 in Walb Student Union Rm G21.

Hosted by the English and Linguistic Department, the event gives students the opportunity to read one or more of their favorite pieces of literature or their own  original piece.

“I hope that the students get to see that they have a place to share, hone and access their voice and art,” said Curtis Crisler, English professor and one of the event coordinators.

Each student will be given six minutes to read their selected pieces, whether it be poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or drama. Readers can even sing their piece if they want to, Crisler said.

Organizers of the Spring 2017 Student Reading are still accepting student readers at the time of publication. Anyone interested should email Crisler at crislerc@ipfw.edu. The event is organized on a first come, first served basis when signing up, he said.

Crisler has organized the event in the past, acting as the master of ceremonies and keeping the event moving smoothly. In past years, the reading has had a good turnout of audience members as well as a full lineup of poetry and prose readings, according to the English and Linguistics department’s Facebook page.

“In the last few readings, we are starting to get more students to participate outside of the (English) department.” Crisler said. “The event is open to all IPFW students and we want as many of them to participate as possible.”

Crisler said the event is free and open to the public and will last just over an hour, ending around 1:15 p.m.. Seating is limited, so he encouraged attendees to arrive early. Light refreshments will be provided for both readers and audience members.