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Faculty share creativity, craft

by Kristen Aiko Wong, staff writer

 
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 to life.

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.

 

 

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