Students at St. Edward's University for Sustainability (SFS) and the Sorin Oak Review held an environmental themed poetry slam on Thursday, April 25 at Joe's Coffee Shop.
The collaboration between the organization and the publication was prompted by SFS's desire to incorporate more art into their environmental efforts and human lives.
"We think it's important to talk about these topics in a number of different ways to connect with different people and see how all the social issues involved in environmental justice are related," said Mary Cote, senior and co-chair. Said the SFS president.
Starting at 6:30 pm, a large group of participants, audience members, and coffee patrons gathered in a small, corner coffee shop on campus. Several students read personal works that illustrate their connections and relationships with the earth, each with questions that are reflected in a coffee mug and heard with milk.
"Through the arts, we can gather and link these different issues," Cote said.
Senior Chrystalla Cristodoulou, Section Editor for the Sorin Oak Review, decided to share her poetry on Slam for a number of reasons, starting with a love of thematic events.
“I have been thinking a lot about how art can come in a variety of social issues, especially ecology. This is something I don't know very much about, so art and poetry in particular are my introduction, ”said Christodoulos.
Corinne Bates, another senior student, website and social media editor at Sorin Oak Review. Bates read her poem, "Stars and Oil," in the 2018 issue of the Sorin Oak Review, which will be released May 2.
Bates also points to the connection between art and the environment.
“If you don't have the world around you, you can't do anything. Whether it's music, art, business – everything. You can't breathe, ”Beatty said.
Even the professor, Peter Beck, who teaches environmental science and politics and promotes the annual EcoLead trip to Costa Rica, came to the microphone to read the familiar, classic Dr. Seuss tale, "The Lorax." Instead of just the English version, Beck told the story Swahili.
Those who did not want to be pressured to read their work or afraid of judgment were nevertheless encouraged to take part in the personally selected poems, by Sam Griffith, Editor-in-Chief of The Horn of Oak.
Griffith, in conjunction with the rest of the Sorin Oak Review and students on sustainable development, hopes that they will continue to pursue art and sustainability in the future. Their collaboration will continue with the latest episode of Sorin Oak Radio, the podcast edition. You can listen to earth-inspired poetry by reading about the co-existence of students, Miguel Escoto, and countless other environmental enthusiasts.