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Regis College senior Rutchelle Alexandre to read at 2014 Boston Intercollegiate Poetry FestivalApril 2, 2014
The Regis College English Department is delighted to announce its selection for the 2014 Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival to be held at Boston College April 22. This year Regis College will be represented by English/Writing Major and Senior, Rutchelle Alexandre, a native of Roslindale, MA, and an active member of the Regis College Community.
Rutchelle’s poem is entitled “You Were Here,” and according to her poetry teacher, Associate Professor Julia Lisella, this “moving and well com\posed lyric” in memory of a dear friend “makes startling connections and uses fresh language,” in lines such as “I wonder if the ring of my laugh had been the last to reach your ears / Before you made death look so good….” The poem displays great heart and depth of understanding for those we love and lose.”
Each academic year, 24 area colleges and universities select one poet to represent their schools at this festive poetry event. The program will begin with a keynote address by Elizabeth “Betsy” Sholl, poet laureate of the state of Maine from 2006 to 2011. She is author of seven collections of poetry and winner of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Following the keynote, student poets will read their original poetry. The purpose of the event is to celebrate poetry and highlight talented student poets who are devoted to the craft. The event is being held on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Murray Function Room, Yawkey Athletic Center, at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. It is free and open to the public.
From the mid-1980s to 2001 the festival’s location rotated among a dozen participating schools, including Regis College. After 2001 there were several years that the festival simply wasn't held. In 2006, with support from the provost and Boston College Magazine, Boston College English Professor Suzanne Matson revived the festival with Boston College as host. For the first time, a chapbook of poetry written by the student poets was produced as part of the festival, and a keynote speaker was included on the program. This spring marks the ninth consecutive year that Boston College will host the event.
In addition to Regis College, participating colleges and universities include Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Harvard University, Lasell College, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, New England Conservatory, Northeastern University, Pine Manor College, Salem State University, Simmons College, Stonehill College, Suffolk University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. For more information, contact Dan Soyer at 617-552-8928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.