Poetry and Macaroons at McMullen Museum of Art

Hi everyone! An update on everyone’s favorite girl gang:

We’ve spent the past month reviewing council applications and we are soso excited to announce that we’ve added four new baby snakes to our council! Stay tuned for a meet the council post later on in the semester!

This past Thursday, we collaborated with Boston College’s spoken word group, SLAM! (Soul, Love, and Music), for a night of poetry and prose readings at the McMullen Museum of Art. The highlight of the evening, aside from the beautiful poetry and the people who read it, was the macaroons. With their sweet, delectable tastes- ranging from strawberry to chocolate to just sheer deliciousness- they were nearly as soul-enriching as the poetry that was read. The atrium of the museum was filled with students there to perform, support their friends, and listen to what their fellow peers had to say. Snaps were heard all around in response to beautiful lines woven from experiences pulled from the full spectrum of human emotion, including heartache, racism, ignorance, and loss.

Celia Smithmier, our lovely editor-in-chief, and Olivia Sorenson, president of SLAM!, both did an incredible job performing their own works while also facilitating the entire event and encouraging the audience to to speak their minds.

Now, we’re directing our energy towards the Fall 2019 Zine. For those who are unfamiliar with a “zine,” it’s a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. Though we don’t make it using a photocopier, our version is much like the aforementioned definition: a collection of original texts and images fit into a mini-magazine. Every year The Laughing Medusa zine has a different theme and title to fit the content we’ve received; in the past, we’ve swapped out the word “Laughing” for “Seething,” “Musing,” and “Biting.” We can’t wait to see what the zine will become this year, but we need YOUR work to make this happen. Submissions are due November 17.

We’re looking forward to more poetry readings, events filled with spoken word and tasty macaroons, and (as always) empowered female company, we could not be more excited to see your words, scribblings, doodles, rants, art, and other creative work this year!

The crowd at McMullen buzzing before the big event, after having feasted on macaroons!

Celia Smithmier, our Editor-in-Chief, reading some of her previously published poems, including, “motherhood, 1968.”
Maggie Bassi reading a couple of her beautiful poems from our past publications.
Emma Campbell debuting some new, biting, and heartfelt poetry.

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