Creative writers invited to open mic at student reading series

November 8, 2013
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville humanities department will host “In Other Words…” student reading series followed by an open mic on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Room 317, Warner Hall, at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend the reading as well as the open mic session.

The last few years have marked a surge of interest in creative writing readings at UW-Platteville. The humanities department hosts four professional writers each semester and complements this with its continuing student reading series. This series, newly titled “In Other Words…,” is hosted by undergraduate students for undergraduate creative writers to showcase their different creative works. 

Oct. 16 was the first date of the newly titled reading series that continues from last year’s “Afternoon Tea Sessions.” Students from various degree and authorial backgrounds share and enjoy a collective of creative UW-Platteville student works in a casual and often-humorous setting.

"The Creative Writing Student Reading Series has become a communal outlet for the creativity and experimentation emphasized in the creative writing courses,” said Dr. Kara Candito, series director and creative writing professor and poet. “Each month, students and faculty members gather to celebrate the work of undergraduate writers. Whether they are featured readers or open mic participants, students continuously surprise themselves and one another with the extent of their individual accomplishments. Our series provides an important venue for showcasing UW-Platteville's vibrant creative culture."

Of the student host, Candito said, “Jennifer Kerske, a computer science major and published fiction writer, has hosted the Creative Writing Student Readings series since spring 2012 when she volunteered for this role. Her humor and hospitality have been instrumental in fostering the sense of community that is the essence of our series. Jennifer solicits student biographies for each event and does an excellent job of reassuring readers who might be nervous about sharing their work with an audience for the first time.” 

The two featured readers for the Oct. 16 reading were Kaleigh Dunn and Emily Herrick, both poets who had never read in public before. Dunn, a Chicago-suburbs native, makes the journey from Madison, Wis., to UW-Platteville to finish a degree in journalism. Herrick, a junior from the Quad Cities, Ill., is a professional writing major at UW-Platteville. 

“Kaleigh Dunn's and Emily Herrick's poems are alive with the energy of youth and the figurative and tonal dexterity of accomplished writers,” said Candito. “It was an honor and a pleasure to hear them read from their work.”

Students in the audience joined in the open mic session afterward. The final reading of the semester will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Room 317, Warner Hall, at 5 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Contact/Written by: Antonio Bouxa, Department of Humanities, Administrative Services, (608) 342-1888,

Formatted by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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