ink organizes and hosts events like the Student Reading Series, the Visiting Writers Series, Master Series and The Goods. We also take the occasional field trip to events off campus. Here’s the schedule of events during the Fall 2012 semester. This information may change, so keep an eye on the blog for updates.
Masters Series - Andrea Gibson - more info
February 12 at 7:30 PM in the Mayo Concert Hall
Love/Hate Valentine’s Day Coffeehouse - more info
February 15 at 8:30 PM in the T/W Lounge
Professor Reading Series - Sarah Blake Schoenholtz
March 5 at 7:30 PM in the Library Auditorium
Student Reading Series - more info
April 9 at 8:30 PM in the Library Auditorium
The Goods - more info
April 27 at Noon - 8 PM in the Rat
About the events
Visiting Writers Series
The Visiting Writers Series is a string of events where established writers come to TCNJ and share their work with students. The events take place in the fall semester and are organized and sponsored by the Writing Communities course at TCNJ. Students in the course host the visiting writers and choose writers who will read the following year. ink helps to spread the word about these fantastic events.
The Masters Series takes place in the spring semester and usually comprises a Master Lecture and a Master Class. We host two big-name writers either to give a reading and a lecture or to workshop the writing of a selected student from the creative writing minor. These events are always quite special.
Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement—the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam—Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. Now, on her fifth full-length album FLOWER BOY, Gibson’s poems continue to be a rally cry for action and a welcome mat at the door of the heart’s most compassionate room. Featuring the music of Chris Pureka, Nervous But Excited, and many other phenomenal musical guests the tracks on this compilation are active Volcano. They burn away and rebirth- a creation story in every lyric, radiating with the fire of a heart fiercely committed to social justice.
—Courtesy of Andrea Gibson’s agent, Christen Greene, Faux Pas Productions
Student Reading Series
The Student Reading Series gives students a chance to perform original work before an audience of their peers and professors. Once or twice a semester, we select about three of TCNJ’s strongest writers, give them a mic, allow them to pick someone to introduce them, and have a small reception with light refreshments after the event. You can download the application and apply now by sending a completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or ink’s mailbox in Bliss Hall. For questions, contact Frank Sung or Amy Chen of the events team.
The Goods is an all-day student arts festival held each semester in the Rat. We invite students to perform just about anything they can think of. We’ve had students read poetry and prose, play music, freestyle, present artwork, demonstrate Tai Chi, and the list goes on. The Goods is capped off with a reading by a featured visiting writer. You can apply now by downloading the application and sending it to email@example.com.
Coffeehouses are informal get-togethers where writers and their friends can enjoy an evening of coffee and snacks while sharing original pieces. Whether you have something to share or you want to listen to the works of your peers, all students are welcome. Sometimes our coffeehouses are themed, such as our Halloween Coffeehouse in the fall, or our Love/Hate Coffeehouse in February. It’s always a great time.