BC to welcome recognized writer during poetry celebration

BC to welcome recognized writer during poetry celebration

Wed Apr 8, 2015
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Brazosport College is hosting a daylong event full of fun, food, prizes and, most importantly, poetry.

“Poem in My Pocket Day,” sponsored by BC’s Office of Student Life, Writing Center and the English Department, is slated for Thursday, April 16 at the College’s Student Success Center.

Among the scheduled activities is an opportunity for students to bring a poem by any author to the BC Library, Bookstore, Writing Center or Student Life for a chance to win door prizes. Students also can take part in poetry readings, creating their own black-out poetry and free food.

The highlight of the day, however, is a reading and book signing with Stephanie M. Wytovich, poetry editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press. Wytovich is a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, as well as a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the Horror Writers Association.

Wytovich has published her poetry in two books, “Mourning Jewelry,” and “Hysteria: A Collection of Madness,” with the latter being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Her debut novel, “The Eighth,” is scheduled for release later this year.

“We’re very excited to bring Stephanie Wytovich to our college,” said BC Writing Center Director April Julier. “The mission of the Writing Center is to promote literacy education across the campus and throughout our community, so partnering with the English Department to bring a published, award-nominated author to campus is a big win for us.

“Our goal is to show that literacy can be fun, and a little bit spooky, as is the case with Wytovich’s writing,” Julier added. “We hope to offer more events like this which brings the college and local community together.”

Activities for “Poem in My Pocket Day” begin at 8 a.m. at the Student Success Center with three hours worth of activities, including door prizes, black-out poetry, poetry readings and more.

The event continues at 11 a.m. with a reading and book signing by Wytovich. Free pizza and more door prizes will also be available at this time. Wytovich will return for another reading and signing at 4:30 p.m.

The event ends at 6:30 p.m.

For an opportunity to win door prizes, remember to bring your poems to the BC Library, Bookstore, Writing Center or Student Life Office.

For more information about Brazosport College’s “Poem in My Pocket Day” email april.julier@brazosport.edu. To follow Wytovich and her writing, visit stephaniewytovich.blogspot.com. Information about Wytovich’s poetry collections can be found atwww.rawdogscreaming.com.