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Bowman presents student poetry

Posted: October 27, 2009 6:21 p.m.
Updated: October 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Bowman High School student Samantha Gillette reads her poetry to the audience.

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On Oct. 3 and 4, poets from Bowman High School took the stage to read some of their original works for Santa Clarita’s Festival of the Arts.

Student poets took turns reading their works while crowds of passersby stopped to listen and take notice.

During the two-day event, many past and present Bowman poets attended to listen and share some of their own work in front of an outdoor lounge as their words echoed down Main Street in Old Town Newhall.

“I’m glad I got a chance to share my poems. I think I’m over my stage fright,” Bowman student Tiffany Radulescu said. “This was fun.”

Senior Jonathan Merilo, who also read some of his original works, and gave an impromptu performance of Radiohead’s “Creep” on ukulele, said it was good practice for him.

“Wow, that was really cool,” he said. “I love performing.”

On Sunday, the Bowman Poets decided to hold an impromptu open microphone event, where anyone and everyone could get up and read their poems. One after another the poets kept standing up to share some of their poetry as the crowd around the stage grew.

Poet Melina Perez came with her family and friends and shared a poem about her cousin that she had lost.

“I’m always impressed by the talent Bowman has. You have some very good writers who have taken that stage, your poets did so well.” said Ann Unger of the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation.

Samantha Gillette, poet, artist, musician and Bowman student also read a few of her original poems that were published in Bowman’s annual Literary Magazine.  

Afterward, one gentleman approached the stage and asked if she was from the California Institute of the Arts. “This was awesome,” Gillette said, “I’m glad I came.”

Mike Mansfield is a creative writing teacher at Bowman High School.


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