By Ali Hodge, Layout Manager
It was a night for the dead at Weber Fine Arts building on Oct. 27. The annual Dead Writers Reading attracted students from the English Department and the Writer’s Workshop to dress up as deceased famous writers and, in the voice of that writer, read a piece of their work.
“It is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Halloween with our classmates,” said Writer’s Workshop student Kate Bard. “And it also allows us to practice our performance skills.”
As a writer, readings are something authors have to do to promote their published work. Events such as The Dead Writers Reading and the 700 Word Prose Slam, an event that happens every semester, are set up by the Writer’s Workshop to give students continued opportunity to hone those reading performance skills.
Lisa Sandlin, chair of the Writers Workshop, set up the event to happen in the Weber Fine Arts art gallery. The sharp, clean atmosphere of the art gallery highlighted the students’ costumes, and the acoustics amplified the words of the dead.
“It was really fun,” Bard said, who dressed as Sylvia Plath and read her famous poem, “Daddy.” “We hope that in the following years it will continue to grow in popularity so that all Writer’s Workshop and English students can benefit from connecting with other student writers and get comfortable in front of the mic.”