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Poetry society to publish student book The Quatrain

May 14, 2015

 

ELLIE MOSLANDER

News Editor

 

The Louisiana Tech poetry society will end the school year by publishing a book of poems, “The Quatrain.”

 

After most of this school year has been dedicated to producing the book, the students will finally see all of their hard work in print, as well as online, by the end of the quarter.

 

Ernest Rufleth, an associate professor of English at Tech, has served as the poetry society adviser since it started last year and is excited to see the book take off.

 

“I do believe holding something you wrote in your hands can be formative to an author, “he said. “It might even be the start of your career.”

 

Rufleth said the inspiration and goal for the name of the book came from reaching out to surrounding states and making it a collaborative effort with the four states consisting of Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi.

 

He said currently the book is only poetry, but he hopes in the future it will become an interdisciplinary outlet for all majors.

 

“So this year was just poetry and in the future it will be a collection of what the submissions are like for the year,” he said. “It could be anything from art to drafting, it could even be sculpture if they are going to take a picture of it.”

 

Austin Harrison, a theatre graduate student, has been with the society since the beginning of the year, serving as vice president and also as editor-in-chief for  “The Quatrain.”

 

He said the collections of poems selected for the book were chosen because they displayed artistic beauty and helped the book reflect diversity, creativity and artistic expression.

 

“The end result of the book is extraordinarily remarkable with a wide range of poetic forms and styles,” he said. “On selecting which poems go into the book, we had a committee of five members who each read the poems and simply voted on and discussed which poems we liked or did not like based on its literary merit.”

 

Megan Bryant Jones, a freshman double major in English and theatre directing, is one in the writers of “The Quatrain.” Jones has four poems featured in the book and said she believes this is a great opportunity for the university, society and students who have been a part of the process.

 

“Any organization dedicated to helping aspiring writers improve their work is not only helpful but critical to writing a well-rounded piece,” she said. “To have the advance of it being a room full of peers that want nothing but the best, I feel, is a great gift that is offered.”

 

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