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Mercer Creative Writing alum, Elizabeth Tammi, pictured with her first novel, “Outrun the Wind.” Photo provided by Elizabeth Tammi.

Creative writing, creative futures: How to use a creative writing degree

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor April 22, 2021

Due to the attached Mercer School of Medicine and the outstanding reputation of the engineering department, it is unsurprising that a large percentage of the undergraduate student body at Mercer University...

Poetry books can also be purchased through Mercer University Press.

Celebrating National Poetry Month with virtual readings

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor April 20, 2021

National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Each year, the month seeks to encourage the reading, writing, education and support of poetry. People of any skill level...

Kennedy Rayford is a sophomore studying psychology on the pre-med track. Photo provided by Kennedy Rayford.

Mercer Artist: Kennedy Rayford and the art of love

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor April 19, 2021
For Mercer sophomore Kennedy Rayford, “art is something that comes from you that you’re proud of,” and, in Rayford’s case, she’s creating a lot of art.
Jericho Brown's

What Amanda Gorman and Jericho Brown show us about funding the humanities 

Ashley Pemberton, Lead Arts & Culture Writer March 5, 2021

In a nation divided, the humanities may be the saving grace of the human spirit. Two artistic visionaries offer a light at the end of the tunnel. Poets Amanda Gorman and Jericho Brown give insightful...

The titular poem of Gordon Johnson’s debut poetry book.

Review: Mercer professor’s debut poetry book demonstrates finding solace in nature

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor February 7, 2021
Mercer Professor of Creative Writing Gordon Johnston's collection has been long-anticipated and is well worth the wait. The 47 poems are grounded in the natural world and supplemented by trust in God while weaving in Johnston’s life experiences and observations, from youth through adulthood. 
Getting started in poetry

Getting started in poetry

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer April 16, 2020
To get you started, here are some poets I recommend looking into, categorized by style and subject.

Mercer Artist: Poet Kate Lemon is writing about you

Serena Golden, Photography Editor November 6, 2019
Kate Lemon wasn’t a poet until her freshman year of college. She started writing at the request of late Mercer professor and Guggenheim Fellow Anya Silver after turning in an essay for her introductory poetry class.
Chelsea Rathburn poses beside the Groover building.

Mercer Artist: New professor named Poet Laureate of Georgia

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer October 13, 2019
“You hear a lot of no’s,” Rathburn said. “It’s kind of like talking into the void … does my voice matter?”  Rathburn found that her voice does matter.
The Monthly Poetry and Spoken Word event occurs once a month at Ampersand Guild on Cherry Street.

Ampersand Guild: A Home for Local Artists

Mahima Sultan January 29, 2019

Cherry Street is home to the new and improved Ampersand Guild that hosts a poetry and spoken word event every second Friday of the month. When Winsphere Jones, a playwright and two-time published author...

Micheline Dieujuste-Antoine working on a poem in preparation for CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational).

Point B.L.A.N.K. to take on national competition in April

Elliot James, Staff Writer March 17, 2016

When you think of poetry slams and spoken word, your brain may jump to images of multi-syllabic contortions in dark, hazy rooms. You may think of semi-ironic nodding and snapping. Bongos may come to mind....

Point B.L.A.N.K hits the mark

Nicholas Wooten, Staff Writer April 18, 2015

In their first year as a student organization, Point B.L.A.N.K made an inspiring Cinderella run. The group, Mercer’s spoken word coalition, made it to the semi-finals of the 15th annual College Unions...

Students slam at Poetry Jam

Students slam at Poetry Jam

Olivia Brayan October 5, 2011

Thursday, September 29 marked Quadworks’ first Poetry Jam, hosted by Jittery Joe’s. Several Mercer students read, and members of the Dulcimer staff were present to distribute past editions of the...

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