On December 9, students took a break form studying for exams and gathered together for a night of poetry, music, and laughter, as they shared their original creative works with one another at the biannual Writer’s Club Legacy Lounge.
For about two hours on a Sunday evening Southern students met at the Improv—an on-campus, multi-purpose creative space—to participate in an open mic night. Most of the pieces presented were quite serious in nature, but a handful of songs and lighter poems were mixed in and kept the mood and tempo upbeat.
“The Legacy Lounge gives students an opportunity to show off their work,” said Kathryn Mattenson, student president of Writer’s Club. “It’s not like someone can go and read their funny short story or poetry at vespers, but at this event, they get their chance to shine.”
Legacy Lounge is not limited to student presenters. Jan Haluska, chair of the English department, shared some of his own creative work.
“The undisputed highlight of the night was when Dr. Haluska performed a poem he wrote back when he was in the military,” Kathryn said. “He showed both his skill as a writer, and his support as a faculty member.”
In addition to sponsoring the Legacy Lounge, members of Southern’s Writer’s Club meet once a month at a professor’s house to share a meal and discuss their creative works. They also produce Legacy, a yearly magazine comprised of student poetry, prose, and art.
The Writer’s Club plans on holding another Legacy Lounge in the upcoming winter semester. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. For more information on the Writer’s Club, contact Professor Kathy Goddard.