This post was written by Globe University-La Crosse Campus Librarian Dana Wallace.
Music and written word were the order of the night for Globe University Library’s Creative Quill Reading and first ever Poetry Slam. Globe students gathered in the commons to share their poetry and works in progress, as well as enjoy the sweet sounds of Globe business administration student, Elena Miller.
This evening event was a chance for the 2014 Creative Quill 2014 winners to shine by reading their winning pieces.
A Songstress Extraordinaire
Elena Miller opened the evening with a set of current songs. Elena is an aspiring singer and a Globe business administration degree student, who is currently working on an album. Elena is a hidden gem here at Globe—we hope the world gets to hear her marvelous voice.
Strength in a Broken Heart
Krystal Hanson, medical assistant program student, read her poem, entitled “Alone,” that won second place in the Creative Quill Competition. “I enjoy writing because it’s the best way for me to express myself,” shared Hanson. “I can write a poem in a matter of seconds that will explain exactly what I’m feeling.”
On her inspiration, Hanson said she is “not like most people who are writers of poetry and stories. I don’t just sit around and spend endless hours writing. I wait until something inspires me and then I put it down on paper.”
Hanson chose to attend Globe as a medical assistant “because I knew from a young age I wanted to be in the medical field. I just loved everything about it, and I thought medical assistant was a good way to start.”
Motorcycles and the Written Word
Shane Anderson, an avid poet, read his newest poem, “Road King Therapy.” Anderson has been writing since he was in fifth grade, or “1983,” he laughingly states. When asked why he likes to write, Anderson said that “it was a way of getting your thoughts out when you have no one to talk to—a way of expressing myself.”
Anderson explains writing is more meaningful to him because of his duty in Iraq where it is important to see the written word rather than hearing it. Handwritten letters were so much more important to receive there because the letter was something the writer held and touched. Shane loves to write about his first love, motorcycles, because they are his number one stress reliever.
Avenger of Child Abusers
The next person to read was Jessica Polzin, a criminal justice degree student. She read her powerful and heart-wrenching first-place essay entitled “Losing Jen,” about the ills of drug and child abuse, and memories of a sister lost in addiction.
Jessica writes “because it is a very creative way for me to express myself. I write to relieve stress as well. I am in the process of writing a book about the experiences I have had in my life, and the struggles which have made me into the person I am today. I think I have lived a very eventful life and have went through things most people couldn’t imagine. I hope to help others and make people stronger by reading my book.”
Polzin’s goals are to make a difference in the world in any way she can. She went on to share that “I love to help people…I help because I can. If I can make a difference in someone’s life, I will try my best!” She chose a criminal justice major because she wanted to be heard and make a difference.
Steamy Romance Writer
Polzin was followed by Cari Bowers, a recent vet tech graduate, who read her first place fiction work entitled “Trick or Treat,” a romantic story of a teacher alone in her isolated cabin who encounters an intruder.
Bowers enjoys “writing because it’s always been my form of stress release, and an escape from the mundane. I mostly write for myself, but occasionally I write something that is good enough to share with others.”
Attending Globe to pursue a vet tech degree, Bowers has always had a passion for animals. “I thoroughly enjoyed earning my education and my time at Globe. My short-term goals include getting a position in an organization that will allow me to gain experience. My long-term goals include working as a tech at the veterinary teaching hospital in Madison.”
Ending on a Musical Note
To finish the evening, Miller serenaded the attendees with original pieces as well as top 40 music to end the evening.
We want to thank everyone who participated in our Creative Quill Reading and first Globe Poetry Slam, and look forward to having more students involved next time!
Dana Wallace is the campus librarian for Globe-La Crosse, and a native Iowan who returned to school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science after a long career as a paralegal/legal assistant. She obtained her graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while working full time, so she can relate to the busy schedules of the Globe students who balance homework and careers. She loves the library and is passionate about helping the students become great investigators and researchers.