By Samantha Lamb
The seventeenth annual Trillium reading will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Stage. Danielle Kelly will be a guest reader from WVU-Parkersburg. The reading will also include contributors to the Trillium Marjorie Stewart, Lisa Hayes-Minney, Cassie Hyre, Abigail Mayle, and Gavin McCord.
Kelly teaches at WVU-P and holds an MFA in Fiction from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She was the managing editor of HeartWood, Wesleyan’s literary journal. She is currently a faculty editor for Poorhouse Rag, WVU-P’s literary journal. Her writing has appeared in Deep Water Literary Journal, rkvry Quarterly, and Women of Appalachia Project’s eleventh annual anthology Women Speak.
Started in 1979, the Trillium is a publication of the Department of Language and Literature, and serves to showcase Glenville State College’s creative community. It includes artwork and writings from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community.
Professor Jonathan Minton said, "I think we're all anxious about how our college and campus culture will continue to change and adapt during the pandemic. In terms of the Trillium reading, the audience will be smaller, as we are observing social distancing. And it will be undoubtedly strange to read to a masked audience. But we need community and poetry, now more than ever. One positive thing is that we'll stream the reading via YouTube, which is something that I'd like to do even after the pandemic."
If you choose to attend the Trillium reading, please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Once the Pioneer Stage reaches capacity, the doors will be locked and spectators will be asked to listen outside or watch the YouTube stream. Be on the lookout for a follow up article about the Trillium reading.