SFCC students participated in SF Literary Festival
SFCC student Marcelina (Marcy) Gallegos reads some deeply moving poetry at the Santa Fe Literary Festival.
Creative writing faculty Kate McCahill and Shuli Lamden coordinated with Clare Hertel, co-founder of the Santa Fe Literary Festival, to secure 16 free all-access passes for students, an exclusive lunch for eight with a festival author, and a place on the community stage for some SFCC poets and creative writing students and Terry Wilson, one of SFCC’s creative writing faculty. The passes alone were valued at thousands of dollars.
Terry Wilson opened up the mid-Saturday (May 21) free, public reading in the Santa Fe Convention Center Courtyard. Terry read a piece called “Housemother,” a reflection written from when she worked at Ingleside Home for Girls in 1970 in Buffalo when she was quite young. (It was a Home for Unwed Mothers.) Terry said the work was pretty relevant since Margaret Atwood had spoken a few hours earlier about “Handmaids’ Tale.
The Santa Fe New Mexican
Sterling Scherchel presents powerful poetry
story May 21 story by Claudia Silva, “Santa Fe celebrates literature with Literary Festival”
included extensive interviews with SFCC students Marcelina Gallegos and Sterling Scherchel.
Here’s an excerpt from the Santa Fe New Mexican story, “Sterling Scherchel — a young Black poet who uses the pronouns “they” and “them” — said they wrote a poem to send a message about race and justice to the festival’s mostly white audience.
Scherchel’s poem, “White,”explored the “white moderate’s” failure to offer equity to marginalized people as it espouses diversity and inclusion.
“I think a lot of people like to pat themselves on the back for just even seeing artists like us,” Scherchel said. “So I didn’t want to just get up on stage and be one more person of color performing for free, for those people who can walk away and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I consume diverse content.’ I wanted them to actually hear what I was saying and walk away feeling a sense of obligation.”
Terry Wilson will offer “Exploring Creative Writing” class (English 1320) starting Aug. 24. CRN is #20204. Contact her at Therese.Wilson@sfcc.edu for more information.
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