By Gabrielle Parisi
“I almost didn’t go,” said sophomore Jacob “Jack” Davis when referring to how anxious he was about the DiScoUrse Showcase on Monday, March 21. He had submitted his writing to join the elite 12-member honor society, DiScoUrse, and the new members were going to be announced by the end of the night.
Before the inductee reveal, the current members took turns showcasing pieces of their writing they worked on throughout the year.
“I’m sure every writer brought their cheerleading section,” said Dr. Stephen Myers in his introductory remarks.
The showcase is a great opportunity for the members because as Dr. Myers explained, unlike acting, singing or dancing, the writer is an artist who does not receive an applause when they finish a work of art.
But there was plenty of applause, laughing and maybe even a bit of tear-shedding at this year’s showcase. The members recited poems, short stories and nonfiction that covered subjects from the light-hearted and uplifting to the chilling and dreary, and the audience responded with praise and appreciation to every single piece of work.
It was apparent to the audience how close-knit the society was by the way that the members introduced one another. Anecdotes and kind remarks were passed along. “She’s got enough spunk for the rest of us,” said Christine Holmes when introducing her fellow member Nicci Pizzigoni. And she wasn’t lying. The group dynamic was almost enviable, which is probably why writers like Davis were so nervous as they waited for Professor Juilene Osborne-McKnight to call their name and induct them into DiScoUrse.
Nine new members were inducted into the society on Monday. “[The new members] will completely change the tone and tenor of the group,” said McKnight. “Jaci [Wendel], who’s going to be president, is really going to have her hands full because she’s going to need to create an ethos that allows for people to edit and comment on each other’s work with a group where people don’t know each other well.”
Davis was relieved when he heard McKnight announce his name.
“I’m happy to be a member,” he said, “I’m happy that now I have a group that I can go to for all this kind of work.”