SCC Press Release

SCC Celebrates National Poetry Month, Welcomes Mary Fons on April 14

Southeastern Community College will celebrate April as National Poetry Month by hosting a Visiting Writers Series event on Saturday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. Scheduled to read is Mary Fons, a nationally ranked slam poet, freelance writer, and Neo-Futurist. SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee and Di Dante Literature & Writing Club will co-host the event.

SCC English/Creative Writing Instructor and Di Dante Advisor Charles Burm notes, “Members of SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee feel it is important to provide our students and the greater community with cultural opportunities that otherwise may be difficult to access. It is our honor and pleasure to bring this writer to our campus.”

The reading will be held in the Little Theatre, Room 433, on SCC’s West Burlington campus and will be followed by a brief question and answer session with the author. All Visiting Writers Series events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Therefore, guests are encouraged to arrive and be seated by 7:45 p.m. Free refreshments will be provided at the close of the presentation, and signed copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase. 

Burm is quick in promoting the talent of the guest poet and the cooperative efforts of multiple organizations to make SCC’s Visiting Writers Series successful. “Mary Fons is an energetic and multi-talented individual who has gathered much praise for her work. We are fortunate to have Ms. Fons with us to celebrate National Poetry Month.”

Burm continues, “Much credit should go to the Burlington Area Arts Council, the Burlington Fine Arts League, the Society of Great River Poets, the SCC Foundation, and many area businesses and individuals for supporting SCC’s Culture on Campus Committee, the Visiting Writers Series, and Di Dante Literature & Writing Club students and projects. Through cooperative institutional and community efforts, we are able to host a writer of this caliber.”

Mary Fons grew up in Winterset, Iowa, received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa, and now makes her home in Chicago. She is an original ensemble member of The Gift Theatre Company, a Green Mill slam champion, and author of the popular blog, PaperGirl.

Mary Fons

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