Review of Student Reading by Nicole Homer and Justin Mayer

MFA writers rocked the Coffee Cave Tuesday evening with a reading by first and second year students, Nicole Homer and Justin Mayer. Armin Tolentino introduced first year poet Nicole who is also a performance artist. Poised and at ease, she captured our attention with a moving and heartfelt narrative poem about diabetes and the ways the disease affects one’s hope for the future. Her second poem was inspired by Civil War reenacters in her hometown of Freehold, New Jersey. She ended with a performance piece, in which the narrator speaks to her former self. Congratulations to Nicole for starting us off with her breathtaking verses.
Armin also introduced second year fiction student Justin Mayer who read excerpts from his latest story, “Dean’s Cabin,” about a former musician whose girlfriend wants him to give an interview to a “culture writer.” Justin’s polished prose is laced with humor and filled with sensory details that carried the audience right out of the Coffee Cave into the cabin in the woods.
This is our second reading of the semester at the Coffee Cave in their large upstairs performance space, with inviting seating for all. In September we enjoyed wonderful readings by poet Britt Melewski and fiction writers Joanne Chin and Phedra Deonarine. We thank the readers, Armin, the Coffee Cave, and all the students and teachers who came out to support these wonderful events. Come on out for the next one on November 30.

-Priscilla Mainardi

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