|Warmer Auditorium came alive with laughter, smiles,
and memories as four HPU faculty shared poetry and short stories
with about 35 students and staff at the fourth annual faculty
reading on March 16. It was “An Ides of March/St. Patrick’s
Day Celebration of Faculty Creativity,” said Assistant
Professor of English Adele Ne Jame, who introduced her fellow
presenters and colleagues Professor Deborah Ross, Instructor
Patrice Wilson, and Assistant Professor Barbara Hannum.
Ross began the reading with a short story entitled “Throwback.” “It’s
about how Jewish culture is transmitted to a generation that
has had no direct contact with the traditions,” Ross
said. Ne Jame added that Ross usually writes about her children.
Wilson read several poems, including “Air,” “Reincarnation,” and
a “Poem for March 16,” in celebration of St. Patrick’s
Day. Wilson’s final poem, “Heroes,” showed,
she said, “how small things can be heroic.”
Hannum read a piece written by English Instructor Mark Tjarks
entitled “A Very Old Mango Man with the Hugest Wings,” and
spread her arms out, as she read, to bring “Mango Man’s” wings
Ne Jame wrapped up the hour with two poems: “Wherever You
Are,” from her current book in progress, and “Trying
to Forget Paris.” Ne Jame, who will be teaching lyric poetry
in the fall, said she writes about numerous places, including
New Guinea, the Middle East, and southern France.
HPU sophomore Ryea Ancheta said she especially liked Tjarks’ “Mango
Man” story, because the main characters, who had a home,
still appreciated a homeless man.