On February 26, 2014, the Eastern Writers Guild their first coffeehouse of the spring semester in the Student Center Café. For two-and-a-half hours, the room was filled with writers and musicians who went on stage to read and play their works to an audience of about thirty-five people. Each contributor brought something new to the stage from poetry advocating for gender equality to short stories and memoirs, even including a sing-along sea shanty.
The attendees listened in and applauded each act, sometimes cheering them on. Angela DiLella, president of the Eastern Writers Guild, was ecstatic with both the turnout and the variety of acts, which resulted from various announcements about the event through word-of-mouth, in the Guild’s weekly minutes, and social media.
“It was amazing to see so many people get involved–including people who just happened to be in the area at the same time, doing homework or eating dinner or just hanging out,” Angela DiLella said.
Before the coffeehouse ended for the evening, Eastern alumnus, Kileen Gilroy went onstage, reciting a poem from memory. In 2009, Gilroy served as the Eastern Exposure’s editor-in-chief and vice-president of the Eastern Writers Guild when it was called the English Club. Guild President DiLella commented on Gilroy’s appearance and the impact it had on both her and the club.
“It was wonderful to see someone so pivotal in the club and magazine’s earlier years come back to act as a club member once again. I think it says a lot about the community we work to create in what is now the Eastern Writers Guild,” DiLella said.
Through events like the coffeehouses, and publishing the Eastern Exposure annually in the spring semester, the Eastern Writers Guild continues to be a driving force in promoting literature and creative writing endeavors to Eastern Connecticut State University’s student body. Be sure to e-mail the Guild’s e-board at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending their meetings and collaborate with other aspiring writers.