Writers Expo

Writers Expo is a two-day celebration of the written word -- hopefully a fun, engaging, participatory, cross-curricular, and inspiring event. Every day will showcase student writers, each of whom will read their own original work (e.g. poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, or song). Professional writers will also take the stage, demonstrating not only how writing can frame a person's career but also how the practice of writing can make one's life better. In the past, screenwriters, novelists, poets, musicians, bloggers, journalists, and more have presented. In addition, staff and community members (across all disciplines) have the chance to either share their original work or participate in live writing events.

This year's Expo will take place Thursday, March 21, 2024 and Friday, March 22, 2024. Students will present throughout both days. On Thursday, staff takes the stage. On Friday, Johnny Smith (professor, author, and sports & popular culture historian) will present periods 1-4, and Emily X. R. Pan (NYT best-selling author) will present periods 5-8.

2024 Schedule

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Time Event
1st period

Sorelle Foulke, sophomore
Rishi Tipparti, junior (poem: “Words”)
Cole Keriazakos, senior (screenwriter)

2nd period

Write Club bout: Craig Schmidt vs. Tom Koulentes (Movie vs. Book)
2 Truths, 1 Lie: Falkstrom, Twadell, Gluskin

3rd period Jack Birmingham, senior (poem: “Act”)
Rishi Tipparti, junior (poem: “Mother”)
Megan Lavery (MOTH storyteller)
4th period Tatiana Valdez, sophomore
Joseph Nemmers (local author: The Very Best We Had)
5th period Felix Nakanant, junior (poem: “A Lost Cause”)
Finley Roman, senior (fiction)
Megan Lavery (MOTH storyteller)
6th period Rishi Tipparti, junior (poem: “the eldest daughter”)
Joseph Nemmers (local author: The Very Best We Had)
7th period

Write Club bout: Matt Karnstedt vs. Alison Reifenberg
2 Truths, 1 Lie: Jeff Brown, Anne Singleton, Cam Wieczorek

8th period Adam and Owen Gohr
2 Truths, 1 Lie: Megan Colombo, Brandon Murchison, M. Tarczynski

Friday, March 22, 2024

Time Event
1st period Johnny Smith: website, written work 
2nd period Nathan Kolterman, junior (poem: “Choices”)
Johnny Smith
3rd period Johnny Smith
4th period Johnny Smith
5th period Minaal Khawaja, junior (poem: “Prove To Whom” / “Solo Me Out”)
Emily X.R. Pan: website, short works
6th period Emily X.R. Pan
7th period  Elisa Drouhard, junior (poem: “I owe”)
Emily X.R. Pan, inerviewed by Mrs. Singleton & students
8th period Katie Griffin, junior (poem: “Fog In The Morning”)
Emily X.R. Pan