ride the air this week at ODU. Beginning today, there will be music
and tripping-the-light-fantastic, and most importantly, a verbal
awakening. Today begins the first annual ODU Arts Reunion, a week-long
excursion into every kind of fine arts the university can offer.
coming-together of various artists," Is how Dr. Philip Raisor, event
coordinator, describes the festival. "Musicians will team up with
poets, and mime actors, dancers-this sort of fine arts consolidation
hasn't really happened before in Tidewater and we want to see how
far we can take it; how many artists can work together at the performing
level. There's been an explosion of arts in the Tidewater area recently,
and it's opened up all new possibilities."
by ODU's Department of English and "Interplay: Expansion of
the Arts," the Arts Reunion will feature participants such as Anthony
Hecht and W. D. Snodgrass, both Pulitzer Prize-winning poets (Snodgrass
is currently poet-in-residence at ODU). Other participants include
the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP,
an organization of teachers, writers, students, and educational
institutions committed to writing and the general literary community),
Sherri Brennen, Paul Dicklin, Alf Mapp Jr., Martin Pachey, and lstvan
and Ana Ament (all Tidewater participants). Visiting participants
will be featured, among them pianist Frank Glazer and Michael Mott,
Writer-In-Residence at the College of William and Mary.
continue throughout the week, from morning till evening. A reception
on the grounds outside the Planetarium will kick off the events,
followed by a poetry reading by members of the
poetry workshop, within the magical environment of the Planetarium
dome. More readings, translation performances, workshops in poetry,
fiction/nonfiction, and piano will follow; also a jazz/poetry performance,
and a first-time dramatic staging by Paul Dicklin of W.D. Snodgrass's
The Fuhrer Bunker poems.
Theatre will treat the public to three selections of synchronized
mime and prose throughout the week in front of Webb Center; these
Street theatre compositions are the work of Philip Graham, a Poet-in-Residence
in Richmond and Norfolk.
Webb Center and in the AWP office (rooms 214-216 of the Arts and
Letters Building), several exhibits will be on display, such as
the Book Bus, a traveling display of publications from the Visual
Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y. Parked on the Mail, the Bus
will display and sell the books of over 80 small presses, 30 literary
magazines, and numerous recordings.
The AWP Book
Exhibit will feature works of their members, and Tidewater's Heritage
Society will present a collection of photographs and literary works
from contemporary foreign writers, all in Webb Center throughout
The Arts Reunion
is a first this year, essentially an improved extension of last
spring's Poetry Jam. The major difference is that the Reunion is
a milestone in Old Dominion history, and an opportunity not to be
missed by anyone with a penchant for the arts.
a lot of interested people," says Dr. Raisor.
to see what the AWP will do, and they'll get a chance to see some