Students bundled up in winter clothes crammed into the Fuel America café on Thursday night. Friends and Members of Boston College Student Literary Journals, The stylus and The laughing jellyfish, filled the kiosks in front of the café for a publication launch and poetry reading event.
Baristas took coffee orders from attendees and free sandwiches were prepared for the audience. Both publications were displayed on a central table in the cafe. The stylus’ Fall 2021 edition and The laughing jellyfishThe new version of, titled “The Molten Jellyfish”, was quickly distributed to students, with colorful covers from Patrick Berzins, MCAS ’22, and Mikaela Savage, MCAS ’24.
British Columbia student band Photo Negative performed at the event and added to the ambiance with acoustic tunes, filling the cafe with softer music that differed from their Paradise Rock tempo show. Club on December 4th. Several songs featured the band’s saxophonist, Stephen. Ventura, CSOM ’22, as Photo Negative has performed blues and soft rock covers like “Friend of The Devil” by The Grateful Dead.
The laughing jellyfish and The stylus alternately with a programmed program of poetry and prose recitation. The student writers’ plays addressed themes of feminism, LGBTQ + rights, and isolation. There were also moments of humor mixed with comments about the absurdities of British Columbia libraries and restaurants, including the ominous coughs that break the silence in the O’Neill Library and the comfort that the Rat’s sushi has. bring every noon.
Speakers from The stylus exhibited relatively long prose works, while The laughing jellyfish exhibited experimental and often concise pieces from his new version. The “Molten Jellyfish” lineup included “August” and “The Blues of Still Water”, by Lexie Slotterback, Lynch ’22 and “Rat Sushi”, by Sarah Knapp, CSOM ’24.
The audience followed each song with loud applause, clicks and displays of support.
Following the scheduled readings, the publications opened the floor for members of the public to present their own original works, whether or not the pieces were included in recent editions of the journal. Gradually, some participants moved to the microphone to read their poems. They captivated the cafe with the thought-provoking imagery in their rooms, showcasing the students’ imaginative freedom.
The evening ended with students trying out other Fuel America sandwiches and lattes and reading the new releases, showing their pride and support for the latest artistic endeavors from BC students.
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