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The power of poetry to advance social change

i know i'll be the one.When America’s first youth poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, presents another of her original poems during Super Bowl LV events on Sunday, WSU campus civic poet Allyson Pang will be among the millions of people cheering her on.

Like Gorman, Pang wants to use her education and creative writing skills to make the world a better place.

“In my poetry, I always want to inspire and » More …

Creative collaborations connect arts, sciences, community

Linda RussoWalking along the soggy banks of the Palouse River near Pullman, Washington, Linda Russo listened to the squish of mud under her feet and felt the cool wetness seep into her shoes. As the water rose around her heels and toes, her mind was flooded with thoughts about the past, present, and future of the riverfront and other “wild edge” spaces.

“Almost 11 years ago, I went down to the muddy Palouse riverbank and my feet sunk in, setting a course,” Russo said about the genesis of EcoArts on the Palouse, her newest community project which brings together environmental history, ecology and creative expression. » More …

WSU flutist performs at Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Sophia TegartSophia Tegart, WSU clinical assistant professor of flute, performed two world premieres on April 7 at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, with bassoonist Helena Spencer, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

The festival, held at Trinity College in Hartford, attracts composers and performers internationally every year.

The premiered works for flute and bassoon were composed » More …

Student poets get creative tips from the top

Tod MarshallDozens of poetry-minded WSU students took the opportunity to learn firsthand about creative writing from Washington state’s top poetry advocate in two recent events at WSU Pullman.

In “Ask a Poet/Write a Poem” held in the Bundy Reading Room, Tod Marshall, Washington’s poet laureate, led students in exercises for cultivating creativity and nurturing the poetic muse. He shared tips and insights about the writing process and divulged some of his favorite creative prompts. » More …