Groundswell Book Release

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Some of the faculty recited poems as well. Here is Professor Lehman about to read a villanelle entitled “Mañana Island.” His wife, Amy Nawrocki, who also happens to be a UB professor, delighted us with a few more poems.

On Thursday, April 16, a release party was held to celebrate the publication of the Spring 2015 issue of Groundswell, the University of Bridgeport’s Magazine of Literature and the Arts. Several students and faculty gathered to share their love for poetry and receive a free copy of the magazine. The evening was full of passionately-recited poems, rich conversations, and free expression of the mind. Most of the poems performed were original and offered a wide range of themes and thoughts, a representation of the diversity we have here at UB. Free poems and refreshments were provided, creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere throughout the evening.

The newly-released Groundswell issue is a collaborative and creative effort by many - the front and back covers were designed by SASD student Joe Giampaoli, and the magazine is full of poetry written by our very own UB students.
The newly-released Groundswell issue is a collaborative and creative effort by many – the front and back covers were designed by SASD student Joe Giampaoli, and the magazine is full of poetry written by our very own UB students.
A glimpse of the Schelfhaudt Gallery at the beginning of the event. The environment was warm, relaxed, and elegant. People had time to chat and enjoy the free snacks.
A glimpse of the Schelfhaudt Gallery at the beginning of the event. The environment was warm, relaxed, and elegant. People had time to chat and enjoy the free snacks.
Snapshot of Jose Cabrera pointing out the free copies of the magazine in the back of the room. Jose is the editor of this year’s Groundswell, and served as the MC of the event. He welcomed everyone and opened up the evening with the importance of literature and poetry.
Snapshot of Jose Cabrera pointing out the free copies of the magazine in the back of the room. Jose is the editor of this year’s Groundswell, and served as the MC of the event. He welcomed everyone and opened up the evening with the importance of literature and poetry.
One after another, students went up and read their original poems. Themes were incredibly diverse, from death to happy childhood memories, from foreign adventures to day-to-day thoughts.
One after another, students went up and read their original poems. Themes were incredibly diverse, from death to happy childhood memories, from foreign adventures to day-to-day thoughts.
Some of the original poems that were recited touched base with the most personal parts of the writer’s lives. Poetry and vulnerability seem to be a perfect combination for a powerful emotional reaction. Here is Naquan Crowell sharing his poem entitled “I am what I am.”
Some of the original poems that were recited touched base with the most personal parts of the writer’s lives. Poetry and vulnerability seem to be a perfect combination for a powerful emotional reaction. Here is Naquan Crowell sharing his poem entitled “I am what I am.”
The president of S.L.A.M., Chelsea Robinson, shares a vibrant original poem. S.L.A.M. stands for Sophisticated Love for the Artistic Mind. It is a University club open for all people passionate about performing art, whether it is poetry, music, or dance.
The president of S.L.A.M., Chelsea Robinson, shares a vibrant original poem. S.L.A.M. stands for Sophisticated Love for the Artistic Mind. It is a University club open for all people passionate about performing art, whether it is poetry, music, or dance.
In the back of the room was a table covered in poems-to-go, which anyone could take freely. After the main program, the floor was open for anyone to recite the poem of their choice, and some picked the ones that were provided. There was an atmosphere of complete freedom to express and share thoughts and feelings.
In the back of the room was a table covered in poems-to-go, which anyone could take freely. After the main program, the floor was open for anyone to recite the poem of their choice, and some picked the ones that were provided. There was an atmosphere of complete freedom to express and share thoughts and feelings.

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