Claudia Keelan comes to Xavier

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier University English Department is busy this fall with two returning series. The Ryan Writers Series and The Expressions of Gender film series works to expose students to artistic talents such as Claudia Keelan, poet and professor. The Ryan Writers Series is named in memory of Xavier alum Robert Ryan. Through the series, several poets are invited to Xavier each year to share their own poetry. Claudia Keelan, a teacher at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has won the Beatrice Hawley Award and the Jerome Shestack prize for her poetry. She will visit … Continue reading Claudia Keelan comes to Xavier

Asia Project poet inspires students

By: Max Bruns ~Staff Writer~ The Student Activities Council (SAC) recently hosted spoken-word poet Asia and his guitarist and brother-in-law, Jollan Aurelio to perform his creative works. About 35 people came out to support the poet, whose poems are accented by the musical accompaniment of his brother-in-law. Jollan started touring with Asia several years into his poetic career because, as Asia said, “He creates a musicality which elevates the emotional level of the poems.” Asia became a spoken word artist and poet in 2006 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He spent part of the show telling a poem about … Continue reading Asia Project poet inspires students

Israeli poet to hold reading, lecture

By: Maddie Day ~Staff Writer~ The Department of English will partner with Xavier’s Jewish Studies program to host Rachel Tzvia Back, an Israeli poet, translator and peace activist from Israel. Back will be hosting two events during the week of Sept. 8. The first event will feature a poetry reading by Back herself. She will also host a lecture on another Hebrew poet, Tuvia Ruebner. Back’s lecture, called “Illuminating the Dark: the Poetry & Poetics of Tuvia Ruebner,” will shed light on the central themes and principles of Ruebner’s poetry. Ruebner is considered a prolific voice of the Holocaust generation. … Continue reading Israeli poet to hold reading, lecture