Summer may be on its way out, but there’s still time for ice cream—and I Scream! Last Friday night we dusted off the Malvern stage for round three of I Scream Social, the ever-so-chill summer reading series that celebrates young women poets and ice cold treats. This month’s edition was rather special, as Malvern’s very own Annar and Schandra, the Social’s hosts, were sharing their own work. And we also enjoyed readings from the talented Griselda Castillo and a host of fearless and delightful open mic-ers.
Last Friday night we were thrilled to host the inaugural event in our I Scream Social series. Hosted by our very own Annar and Schandra, I Scream Social is a warm and welcoming summer reading series that celebrates young women poets—and ice cream! Check out the footage below from our first-ever Scream… and if you agree that audacious poetry and delicious desserts make for a winning combination, be sure to come along to the next sweet Social on Friday, July 24th. (Also worth noting: each Social features an open mic section, so all young women poets are encouraged to bring along some verse to share. It doesn’t matter if it’s silly or serious, polished or in-progress… we’ll reward you with ice cream regardless!)
Our first reader was Alana Torrez, a “former spy” turned poet extraordinaire.
Next up was Shelby Newsom, who’s entering her second year in the MFA program at Texas State, and who is very much Team Mint Chocolate Chip (me too!)
And our third featured reader was award-winning Ohioan poet Maggie Ilersich, who bravely confessed to a love of home improvement television.
The final portion of the evening was the open mic—hearty thanks to Allyssa Milan (first video) and Allyson Whipple (second) for sharing their wonderful work with us!