By Alissa Sheppard
Staff reporter

Jovan Fulton-Wilson reads a poem he wrote himself during the poetry slam at College Hill Coffee. (Alissa Sheppard/Collegian photographer)

Fingers snap as students approach the microphone. Wednesday night at College Hill Coffee, SAAS and SAAB hosted a poetry slam. The doors opened at eight, and the first 25 students got a free drink. Students piled in and fill the room as jazz music eased their minds.

It has always been something she wanted to do here on campus. Shay Cox, faculty advisor, was involved in a poetry slam when she attended Colorado State University. “We had a poetry slam with the English department when I went to school and I truly enjoyed it, so I thought it would be great to do here,” Cox said. She declared it a lively event and said it was extremely exciting. Cox herself presented two poems that rocked the crowd. “I look forward to doing it again and I hope we have more participants as well” said Cox.

Hayley Weston, biology sophomore, was the project manager for the whole event. She had task such as gathering people to participate, getting money together to get drinks for students, and making sure all the details of the event were set in stone. Stating that her hardest task was getting people to sign up, she thinks the event went better than she expected. “There was a decent amount of people who signed up, but when we got there more and more people wanted to read poems, so it was grea,t” said Weston. Although did not perform, she looks forward to doing another poetry slam in years to come.

He is usually a man of few words, but when it comes to poems he has a lot to say. Jovan Fulton-Wilson, psychology junior, decided to sign up because a friend told him it would be a good idea. “I write poems all the time, but I do not read them to people, because it is just a way for me to get things off of my mind,” said Fulton-Wilson. Writing poems based off of how he is feeling or experiences that he has gone through, Jovan said he was a little shaky at first. “I did not want people to think I was soft” he said, but he said it was better than he expected. He said he would do it again if he had the chance. “This was a good event because we got a lot of insight on people based on the poems that they read, we saw them on a deeper level, and it was good to experience that,” said Fulton-Wilson.

Alissa Sheppard is a senior majoring in communication, you may email her at alissa.sheppard@sckans.edu.