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English Department gets spooky with annual Scary Rapid Fire Reading

Students get in the Halloween spirit during Scary Rapid Fire Reading. (photo/ONU photo)

Students get in the Halloween spirit during Scary Rapid Fire Reading. (photo/ONU photo)

With Ohio Northern University’s English Department’s 2015-2016 Fall Reading series winding down, the department’s literary journal, “Polaris,” found it very appropriate to get in the Halloween spirit with the annual Scary Rapid Fire Reading.

On Oct. 28, students, faculty, and community members gathered inside the university’s Elzay Gallery of Art for an evening of reading and listening to spooky poems and short stories. 

Students were given the opportunity to show their creative and creepy side by sharing original poems, or by simply reading their favorite eerie poems to get in the Halloween spirit.

Students read a variety of poems and short stories from different centuries to create a suspenseful atmosphere, from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to twenty-first century writer Alissa Nutting.

Some students read dark and serious poems while others decided to bring some humor to the reading fest.

Not only did students get in the Halloween spirit by reading, but they also had the opportunity to arrive dressed in Halloween costumes for a department contest. The Scary Rapid Fire Reading included a witch, a gnome, and many more.

Readers include Rachel Cruea, Ricki Ervin, Alyssa Fetzer, Sarah Horman, Logan Krogman, Katie Kuchefski, Kasy Long, Sofie Moeller, Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Moore, Erika Mortimer, English Department Chair Lisa Robeson, and Jacob Wood.

The English Department’s last event for the 2015-2016 Fall Reading series is on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elzay Gallery of Art, where the department is bringing back two successful English alumni members and a musician. 

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