By Marcus Ayala
Published: March 20th, 2019
Another magazine, another beautiful event to celebrate.
Brooklyn College’s Stuck in the Library (STL) occupied the state room in SUBO to bring to us their poetry publication event. They celebrated the release of their Spring 2019 poetry magazine with an open mic, giveaways, and live music.
One of the first performers of the evening was Lordy Belance who is a creative writing major at Brooklyn College. She performed an original song called “Screw You Society.” She wrote the song over winter break and it took around a day to write. She also performed poetry along with some music, though it wasn’t her first performance for STL and won’t be her last. She believed the event was beautiful and when asked about the turnout said “I didn’t expect so much people.”
Jordan Spence is an English major with a special interest in poetry. He performed a poem called “Just give it a try.” It took him a few hours to create the poem. Like with “Just give it a try” he likes to put stories into his poems. Spence became interested in the event once he heard there was going to be an open mic. He saw the turnout as amazing considering so many fellow students came to support. Because of the success at STL, Spence wants to perform at more up incoming events.
Andrew Henriquez, an English major, said poetry is how he expresses himself while remaining hidden. He had started writing poetry in middle school. “I had a tough time and didn’t know how to express myself,” he said.
“I started to write poetry and it gave me inspiration,” he said. It pushed him to continue this far to perform in front of his peers.
Jared Moore, another student, performed a poem he wrote called “Lucky.” It was a poem that he said took him 15 minutes to write. Moore’s poetry flows naturally with his love of writing stuff that deals with relationships.
STL President Mary Halabani was beyond proud of how the event turned out. She said she can’t wait for next event this semester to celebrate their second Spring magazine.
“I just want to contribute to the creative movement on campus,” she said.