Helicon West 5/30

These are the featured readers from Helicon West’s May program; students and ex-students from Logan High School. Congratulations to those who just graduated!

Katie Lorrigan reads a segment from her novel Zilferia. In this clip, we hear about a duel to the death with werewolves. This is only seven minutes of story but I assume the rest is fast-paced, full of action, and stuffed with magical intrigue. Congratulations on writing an entire book before leaving public education, and good luck with the rest of the series.

Ebony Tyler reads “Love and Loss,” “Foundation,” and “My Black is Beautiful.” They all sound fancy read out loud, like a more somber version of slam poetry. I particularly liked the play on words where Ebony says “beauty is pain, so my black is beautiful.” It’s got so much subtext that I want to throw something. My English major brain is overloaded with excitement.

Diana Anderson reads “Green,” an excerpt from her in-progress book, and an untitled piece. “Green” is about different kinds of monsters, how one will lead unwittingly to another. The little bit of the book sounds very sweet. Keep writing! And the last work is about a regular life, suddenly overwhelming, taken one day at a time even though it drags.

And this is the open mic section. Thanks to everyone who shared their work!

-Jessica, your friendly neighborhood Helicon Blogger

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