The Connecticut Poetry Circuit Student Poets Tour came to campus this past Tuesday. The Circuit chooses the top five undergraduate poets from colleges and universities in Connecticut each year. This year, Uhart's own Amanda Shoen was selected for the tour. STN sat down with her to find out what started her love for this creative art.
Schoen said, "Well I'm a, I'm a creative wirting major, um and I want to write for a living. Um, I always thought of myself more as a provost writer, and it was taking Professor Grossberg's um like intermediate poetry workshop last semester that really kind of sparked my interest in it. I still feel, I think one of my friends put it as a child fingerpainting and not really knowing what they're doing but having fun with it. I really enjoy it a lot and um this has just been like a great like opportunity to experience so far."
Each college or university is only allowed to nominate one student. Schoen told STN that a total of about fifteen to twenty students are selected from the state, and are then put in front of a panel of independent judges. These judges then choose the top five who will go on to tour the state.The tour goes from late January through to March, where the selected poets travel to various Connecticut colleges and universities to give readings.
For more information on the Student Poets Tour, or to find samples of Shoen's poetry, visit the following link:
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