Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Clayton State University’s Cygnet Launches with an “Open Mic”

Clayton State University’s literary arts magazine, Cygnet, will launch the 2008 edition along with the University’s annual Poetrypalooza with an open mic event on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. in room 272 of the University’s James M. Baker Center.

“This year the event will start with an open mic session during which faculty and students will read, or perform their poetry work. A few people plan to perform musical pieces as well,” explains Dr. Brigitte Byrd, assistant professor in the Department of Language and Literature and senior editor of Cygnet.

The event will also take on a new look by projecting the student artwork that is featured in this edition through out the evening.

The editors of the Cygnet invited the students whose work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry is featured in this Cygnet to read excerpts of their work. Byrd is also inviting faculty to read poems (either their own work or the work of one of their favorite poets).

The winners of the Poetrypalooza will also read their work.

First published in spring 2004, Cygnet exists to encourage creative writing and art by providing a forum for writers and artists to display their works. Poetrypalooza exists to provide students the forum to express their creative writing talents with an audience.

For more information on the release of the University’s literary arts journal, Cygnet; or the annual Poetrypalooza Student Poetry Contest, contact Byrd at BrigitteByrd@clayton.edu or by phone at (678) 466-4556.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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