Alexandra Pfeiffer said she feels at times you can share more through writing than speaking. The University of Idaho
freshman was the guest speaker at the Occasional Reading series Feb. 9 at One World Café.
The Occasional Reading Series is put on once or twice a semester by the University of Idaho English Department and the Masters of Fine Arts Program. Laura Pizzo, director of the Occasional Reading Series, said the series focuses on bringing writers from UI as well as writers in the Moscow community together to perform their writing — anything from poetry to nonfiction — in front of a small audience.
“I think that it’s really important as students that we learn to read
and perform our work,” Pizzo said.
Pizzo became involved with the Occasional Reading Series in Spring 2011 and became director later that fall.
Saturday night’s Occasional Reading Series was the last event Pizzo said she would oversee as director. She is handing her title over to Eric Greenwell, who performed the live music at the event.
Greenwell will be in charge of planning the Occasional Reading Series events in the future.
Former UI student Sarah MacDonald, works at the Moscow Food Co-op and attended the Occasional Reading Series for the first time Saturday.
“I heard about it from a friend and I’m really glad I came because I have the chance of seeing it from a student’s perspective and also from the community’s perspective and I think it’s really cool that this event receives so much support from U of I and local businesses,” MacDonald said.
Other writers who performed at Saturday’s Occasional Reading Series were Alex Baldwin, Daniel Lacob, Ashley Peel, Kevin Murphy, Eric Severn and Katie Ellison.
“I think that the Occasional Reading Series is a lot about pride,” Pizzo said. “Pride in being a writer, pride in our program and pride in our community.”
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