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Poetry and Improv at Literary Club's "One Night Coffee House"

valley echo Kayla Posyton '17
28 February 2017

Every year the Literary Club holds its annual “One Night Coffee House”, a meeting open to members and non-members alike, when  students and teachers read their personal or favorite poems to the audience. This event is a fundraiser that provides prize money to  the top five winners of the club's Poetry Contest.  Winners are announced in May and are featured in Images, the literary magazine.For a donation of $5, the audince had snacks, coffee, great poetry and an improv performance by Miss Caren Atamian's theater students.

Dr clinton The night began with former lit club advisor, Dr. Sue Clinton, reading three of her favorite short poems, This was a great way to start the night as they were light hearted and humorous.

Other teacher readings included, Mr. Tim Donnelly reading a letter from a Civil War soldier to his wife, Ms. Mary Garafolo reading from  “Leaves of Grass” by  Walt Whitman, current club co-advisor Ms. Diana Swetlitschnyj reading her own personal work, Ms. Marie Ziccardi reading a Spanish poem called "Me Gustas Cuando Callas", and Mr. Matthew Youngberg playing a classic song.

Students read various works as well. Among them were Literary Club president, Ahmad Ms. Garofolo Mubarak '17, reading his own poem called "The Everlasting War of Light and Dark," featured in last year's Images magazine, and Alex Volgyesi '17 reading her poem "Dry Mouths and Pretty Words," which was last year’s winner of the Annual Poetry Contest.

Volgyesi surprised everyone by reciting her poem from memory and making everyone feel the words through her tone of voice and movements.

The night ended with the theater students putting on numerous high energy, improvizational skits. The performers involved audience members in their routines and made everyone laugh. Overall, club resident Mubarak said, “I think it [One Night Coffee House] was very successful. Everyone had a great time and we had more people come this year.”