Art, Poetry, Music - An Evening to Remember
The Ninth Annual Evening of Readings and Music, held October 23, 2014 and sponsored by SJND’s award-winning arts magazine PRISMS and the Star Society of Creative Writers, was an enormous success. Emceed by Prisms Editor-in-Chief Natalia Layson ‘15, the evening featured poetry recited by student authors, musical performance and readings by faculty members.
With dimmed lights and students’ artwork projected above the podium, Bianca De La Cruz ’15 read a poem authored by last year’s poet laureate Amelia Khoo ’14. Student and teacher poets made their way to the microphone as well. Subjects of these poems (and one essay) ranged from revenge to wrinkles and summer. Literary and visual works were not the only art forms enjoyed by all. Michael Ong ’15 performed two of his original piano compositions.
Andy McKee, Robert Williams and Elizabeth Norris, accompanied by music teacher Paula Cekola on keyboard. Families and friends attended the event, as well as three members of Alameda Island Poets. Prisms moderator, Spanish teacher and poet Elizabeth Norris announced this year’s poet laureate, Karina Leon ’15. Karina is a member of the Star Society of Creative Writers, our honorary organization in which members are qualified through publication in our arts magazine Prisms and either published or awarded for their work beyond SJND.
Mrs. Norris described what makes Karina’s work special: “Her poetry expresses themes that resonate with teenagers through the distinctive, authentic voice of her heart. She also has an incredible stage presence and range of expression.” As to what inspires her to write, Karina shares that “Every detail holds significance to me, and this layering of detail and meanings is what has always attracted me to the beautiful and utterly unique medium of poetry.” As Poet Laureate, Karina will take a leadership role in bringing poetry to the community in and beyond the SJND campus.