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Whitman students finish strong in America’s Best College Poet Competition

Photo contributed by Tejashree Jadhav.
November 5, 2020

On Oct. 25, the final rounds for the America’s Best College Poet Competition streamed live on YouTube. Whitman had three semi-finalists — Sunshine Alvarez de Silva, Maria Del Carmen Martinez and Tejashree...

Simple steps to becoming an Instapoet

Illustration by Elie Flanagan
February 20, 2020

Have you ever read a poem on Instagram by a contemporary poet you’d never heard of? And yet, when you go to their profile, you find out they have a few hundred thousand — maybe even millions — of...

blue moon pop-up illuminates student art

Seniors Sami Braman and Claire McHale perform original music at the blue moon pop-up.
October 31, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 24, Stevens Gallery was flooded with deep blue light, tinting everything in the gallery: the art hanging on the walls, the mason jars full of raffle tickets and the crowd packed into...

The Barn Hosts Student Play “love letters to the world as we would have it”

April 19, 2018

Sadie, Penny and Geo, all portrayed by Whitman students, lie motionless on a few threadbare carpets. Ocean circles them, her eyes drifting over the audience; she is dressed in the sea-green of the tormented...

Art Projects Explore Queer Experiences

Artwork featured in Collen Boken's '19 exhibition
April 19, 2018

This year’s David Nord Award, an annual prize given to students for projects addressing problems that queer communities face, went to junior Colleen Boken and alumna Anna Zheng. Each chose a creative...

“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

March 8, 2018

Activist and poet Reverend Daniel Berrigan visited Whitman campus twice, once in the 1970s and again in the early 1980s. Each time, he directed a dramatic reading of “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.”...

Whitman Poets Share More Than Words

Photo by Carson Jones
October 19, 2017
Whitman's Poem's Club held their first open mic of the year on Friday, Oct. 13 in Kimball Theatre.

Janani Balasubramanian Performs Poetry, PowerPoint

February 9, 2017

Janani Balasubramanian, one half of the spoken word duo DarkMatter and wholly themselves, performed to a packed audience in Kimball Theater on Jan. 27. As a solo artist, Balasubramanian works within...

Community College “Poetry and Dance Project” translates art to new forms

Community College
October 13, 2016

Poetry, dance, music and theatre were intertwined in a moving performance at Walla Walla Community College. “A Poetry and Dance Project” was held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8, and was centered around the poems...

Taste of Africa Draws Large Crowds

Photo by Marra Clay
The Whitman African Student Association (WASA) put together delectable African cuisine as well as a mesmerizing show featuring a traditional Ghanian dance performance, African music, a recitation of African poetry, and a fashion show.
April 14, 2016
The Whitman African Student Association (WASA) put together delectable African cuisine as well as a mesmerizing show featuring a traditional Ghanian dance performance, African music, a recitation of African poetry, and a fashion show.

quarterlife: Just Enough Off The Map

Submitted by Martina Pansze
February 25, 2016
This spring marks the 10th anniversary of Whitman's smaller literary journal “quarterlife.”

Ebony Stewart brings poems and lessons to Whitman

Photo by Mika Nobles
February 4, 2016

The Reid Coffeehouse was abuzz with activity on the evening of Jan. 30 as students awaited the arrival of Texas poet and educator Ebony Stewart as well as resident Whitman slam poets, Almighty Ink.  While...

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