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Creative Writing Club hosts poetry reading

By Tess Longmire
On March 19, 2019

Club founder Jake Gentry on stage at the club's first meeting. Photo by Tess Longmire.

Tucked away in a second-floor classroom in Henderson Hall, a group of writers gather to share their work. They find refuge amongst Tech’s 10,000 student population to form a community, all thanks to Jake Gentry, a freshman English major who started the Creative Writing Club shortly after moving to college. 

“I love that people have a place to share their work. That’s what I envisioned having this club for,” Gentry said. 

At their meeting before spring break, members got the chance to read their submissions for a club contest. The topic was “Love,” since Valentine’s Day had recently passed. The judges were their volunteering peers. The proceedings were very informal and a new vice president was elected. They ended the meeting by planning their first public event, a chance to showcase their efforts.

The club has recently had the opportunity to stage a public reading at the Backdoor Playhouse in the Jere Whitson Building. They read short selections of their work to an audience of their fellow club members and a few professors in the English department. 

“I like being around other creative writers, because we’re very sparse and spread out, so it’s nice to be in a community of people doing the same thing as you,” Club officer Ky Hensley said. 

Their next reading will be at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Backdoor Playhouse.



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