First Annual Jurica-Suchy Poetry Contest

By Amanda Jarzynski

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is hosting its first annual Poetry Contest on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. All members of the Benedictine Community are welcome to come and listen to the poetry.

Karly Tumminello, the Curator of the Nature Museum, and some of her fellow faculty members have been looking for a way to connect with the BenU community outside of the biology department. The Poetry Contest is their way of bringing together students and faculty from the entire campus.

“We have a lot of the art students come in for some of their classes, so we thought poetry might be a fun way to involve other people,” Tumminello said about the contest. “When we were testing out the idea to see how students responded to it, the staff and faculty got really excited about it too. So we decided to extend it to everyone.”

Students and faculty members were encouraged to write poetry in the form of haikus, limericks, and free verses and submit them to Dr. Monica Tischler of the biology department before March 8th. The real challenge for the poets, though, was that the poetry must focus on one of the 3,500 specimens from the Nature Museum. These specimens include animals, plants, and the new rocks and minerals.

On Wednesday night, the poets will gather in the learning circle area—underneath the whale—of the Nature Museum to read their submissions. The gathering should last for an hour from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Those who are entered into the contest have the opportunity to win some prizes for their poetry. One of the prizes is a T-shirt with museum art designs from an artist who helped build the museum. The other is a certificate of accomplishment.

The gathering is open to the whole community and even if a person’s poetry was not submitted to the contest, all are welcome to come and read it to the audience.