CHS 2013 Poetry Festival!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

CHS Students Poetry Festival

On December 13th, CHS held its annual Poetry Festival in the high school auditorium. The Poetry Festival was put on by Chatham’s Pulp Literary Magazine, which publishes student artwork and writing. Despite the name, the Poetry Festival showcased an array of talent from within the high school, with music performances, poetry/prose readings, and AP Studio Art artwork all taking center stage from 10:40 a.m. until the end of the school day.

Highlights from the Festival included the comedic duo of Senior Class Treasurer Taylor Boehmer and Homecoming Queen Kristen Stuzynski. Donning Santa Hats, Taylor and Kristen asked the audience “Why did the elf go to a psychiatrist?” (because he had low ELF ESTEEM!), and “What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?” (Claustrophobic!). Several students taking Mandarin read poems in Chinese, Chatham Voices performed “The Holly and the Ivy”, and numerous student bands and singers wowed the audience with pieces such as “Coyotes”, performed by the “AP Joanna Newsom Fan Club”.

Overall, the Poetry Festival was a great success with all CHS students (and a welcome respite from classes). This year’s performances showed that Chatham’s artistic, literary, and musical talent comes from all places. Students are encouraged to submit original writing and artwork to Pulp Literary Magazine, which publishes a full-cover edition at the end of each school year.