Every year, a careful and meticulous staff led by Professor Karen Hufford assembles a collection of writings and artwork into a literary magazine titled The Review. Submissions, which are welcome from any Southern Virginia student, are entered into one of three main categories: visual art, poetry, and prose. After the judging and the design are complete, copies of The Review are given out completely free.
The whole process is done for the love of art. Many students and faculty dedicate hours on end to the production of The Review expecting nothing in return. The return for all the sacrifice, I think, comes with the final product and being able to distribute the wonderful work it contains to the student body. Each issue of Southern Virginia’s literary magazine marks and records a set of works specific to the particular semester, and since no two semesters are alike, each issue really becomes a precious document of history and recorded talent.
On Friday night, the staff of The Review put together an event called “Pasta, Poetry & Prose.” It was a fundraiser for the expenses that next year’s issue will require. As the title suggests — and I’m not going to mention the alliteration — the night included spaghetti and readings of poetry and prose both original and classic. Students were even given a discounted ticket price if they volunteered to read at the podium. Poetry and prose, I suppose, just go naturally with pasta — and once again, I’m not making reference to the alliteration in their names. It’s like an variation of dinner and a movie, and it’s also a fantastic idea for a fancy and inexpensive date.
Not only was it for a good cause, but we were served delicious pasta while being entertained by the poetic words of the scheduled readers. During the night, the selections of texts presented ranged from humorous haikus to excerpts from short stories and poetry. The readers were really enthusiastic and passionate about their choices, and the audience received each piece with a heartwarming and well-deserved applause. Then of course there was open microphone time and yes, more pasta!
I’m glad that the staff put together the night of entertainment, and I’m glad it was well-supported by those who attended. I’m looking forward to the next issue of The Review even though I’m still perusing the first; I know it will be filled with more moving art and writing! I definitely hope the next issue brings along with it another entertaining fundraiser too.
(Post by Brian Caycho ’16. Photos by Jordan Wunderlich ’16.)