READS Week Events


Monday, April 4

NWFSC Film Club presents a screening of Dead Poets Society

6:30 PM  Building 110, Room 328

Dr. David Simmons, Professor of Film Studies and Humanities, and the NWFSC Film Club will host the screening of Dead Poets Society, a humorous and moving film about an English teacher (Robin Williams) who inspires his students to see the sublime beauty and power in great works of poetry. Light refreshments will be served.

April 11-18

Children’s Book Drive

Phi Theta Kappa will be collecting new and gently used children’s books to be donated to Nellie’s Youth Village. Look for collection boxes around campus. For questions, please contact Ms. Donna Pierson at

Monday, April 11

Symposium: Voices in Performance Poetry and Historical Underpinnings

2:30-3:30 Building 350 (Science Building Annex), Room 305

 Three professors present different perspectives on performance, poetry, and the power of the spoken word, perspectives which link to the April 18 reading by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. Join English professors Dr. Chris Snellgrove and Mr. Sudy Suderman, and Gallery Director Ms. K.C. Williams for this engaging event.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 13

Poetry Slam Sponsored by the Raider Writers

3:30-5:00 Building 100, Tyler Recital Hall

Three rounds, three poems, each delivered within a three-minute timeframe.  Judges will evaluate Round #1, then reduce the field by half.  After Round #2, the final two contestants will “slam off” for a cash prize.  Sign-up begins at 3pm.  Bring your best poems and best delivery style.  A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the winner. For more information contact Dr. Vickie Hunt at


Friday, April 15

The 2016 Blackwater Review Reading, featuring student poets and writers

 6:00 PM   McIlroy Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Blackwater Review invites you to preview the literary and artistic achievements of the students published in this year’s issue. Selected poets and writers will read and perform their pieces at this casual event. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Deidre Price at or 863-6521.


Monday, April 18

Q & A with Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye

2:00-2:45 PM   SSC Building   Room 133

Students will have the rare opportunity for an informal Q & A with Performance Poets Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye (Restricted to NWFSC students only.) For questions, please contact Dr. Beverly Holmes at


Blackwater Review Reception  

6:00 – 6:45 PM   McIlroy Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Join us for the official unveiling of the 2016 issue of the Blackwater Review, featuring selected student readings. The award-winning literary and fine arts journal highlights the creative talent of NWFSC students. Refreshments will be served.


For more information or contact Dr. Beverly Holmes at  or 729-6032.


Main Event: Monday evening, April 18, 7-8 p.m. in the Sprint Theater, Mattie Kelly Arts Center


For audiences who are new to the medium, this performance is the perfect introduction to the magic of Spoken Word Poetry, but for long-time Spoken Word fans, this show also promises to surprise and reinvigorate a love of the art. Armed with only a microphone, award-winning Project V.O.I.C.E. performers' Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay are champions of vulnerability, cheerleaders for the unexpected, and ruthless flashlights for all your heart’s nooks and crannies.