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Ghosts, Donald Trump and costumes, oh my!

The costumes from the Scary Rapid Fire Reading. (photo/ONU English)

The costumes from the Scary Rapid Fire Reading. (photo/ONU English)

Polaris Literary Magazine, Ohio Northern University's student-edited journal of creative writing, hosted a Scary Rapid Fire Reading on October 26 in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The event featured many short stories and poems read by students and faculty.

Some students read their own works and some brought out stories from well-known authors or poets. The reading was also a combination of scares and laughs. Senior chemistry and creative writing major Sofie Møeller combined two of her greatest fears, Donald Trump and the senior capstone project, into one poem and elicited some laughs from the audience. Senior creative writing major Kasy Long also combined fear and laughter when she wrote a poem that was a response to her hometown's urban legend of a headless ghost haunting the train tracks.

Some readers went back to the classics. Junior literature and creative writing major Kelley Lewis read passages from Shakespeare's “Macbeth” after the title character has killed the king and his friends. Freshman creative writing major Eleanor Howells read Edgar Allan Poe's “Alone,” which was just as gloomy and dark. All of these works did not lose their spookiness and kept with the theme of the Rapid Fire Reading. Even if the reader did not write the work, it was still scary all on its own.

Senior creative writing and literature major Rachel Cruea believes that the Scary Rapid Fire Reading is important to have. As Editor-in-Chief, she look forward to the readings each semester.

They can share work from authors they admire and share a really cool creative space and have some fun together.  I think it's really important for us to have some events that are really encouraging and not just academic things that are fun and exciting.

Some students, like freshman creative writing major Olivia D’Agostino, brought original fiction stories. D’Agostino brought a story she originally wrote in Spanish but translated into English, titled “The Woman in the Rain.” Other students brought works they had written for their own academic classes but others brought readings they had read in class. Whatever it was, the stories were still spooky in their own right.

The Scary Rapid Fire Reading also featured a costume contest that is judged by English Department Chair Lisa Robeson. There were some cats, witches and many others. All of the costumes were put together by the student and there were some winners.


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