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Lycoming College creative writing students give public reading

Six Lycoming College creative writing students gave a public poetry and prose reading at Avenue 209 Coffee House in Lock Haven on April 5, as part of National Poetry Month.

The students were Phoebe Wagner, a senior from Muncy; Jonah Milliken, a senior from Williamsport; Bridget Bellmore, a junior from Curwensville; Jocelyn Owens, a junior from Darlington; Lauren DelGaizo, a sophomore from Rochester, N.Y.; and Krysta Corliss, a freshman from Chesapeake, Va. They were accompanied by Shanna Wheeler, assistant director of the college’s Academic Resource Center.

The six students, all of whom serve as writing tutors at Lycoming, shared the stage on a rotating basis to read poetry, short story excerpts and creative essays. Wheeler read poems mostly from her published collection, “Lo & Behold,” while the students read prose and poetry they composed as part of their coursework at the college, some of which appears in Lycoming’s literary magazine, Tributary.

This was the second time Wheeler, a native of the Lock Haven area, has coordinated a reading by Lycoming students at Avenue 209. Wagner and Bellmore also took part in the event last April.

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