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Fall 2012 Writer's Series Presents Local Poet Ryan Teitman

Byline: by Jisoo Kim

Posted: November 16, 2012

As part of the Fall Writers Series event, a poetry reading was held on Thurs, Nov. 8, 2012 in Patterson Lounge. Ryan Teitman read poems from his first book, which was published in April. Most poems are about his family, his hometown and Philadelphia.

During the reading, attendees learned about Teitman, what his life is like, his feeling towards his fiunily and his city while enjoying hot tea and cookies.

"Ryan is a very talented young poet," said Dr. Michael Cornelius, Director of English and Mass Communications, who invited Teitman.

"His work has been published in several impressive journals and his book received excellent reviews. We felt fortunate to have him come to share his poetry with the Wilson community."

Before becoming a poet, Teitman freelanced for a weekly paper and became a newspaper reporter. When he finally felt ready, he applied for graduate school and quit reporting. Sometimes he misses his previous job, but he still thinks he made the right choice in becoming a poet.

After graduating from the university, he realized poetry was the way to go. He kept writing poems, even as he was working as a newspaper reporter. To him, poetry does really amazing things with language. That's what captivated him.

"A poem is a beautiful way that I've never thought before and that's what really strikes me and I think that's what gets me most interested in writing," said Teitman.

Finally, reaching out to Wilson students who don't know what to do in the future, "I would say that's ok to be confused and not know what you want to do. I know it took me a while to get on the path that I knew was right for me. But once I was there it was right, so I think its okay to be unsure. If you are not the best students in college, sticking with the thing what you like becomes the key - that is just committing and giving it your all. That's what got me as far as I am now," said Teitman.

"There is a straightforward simplicity to Ryan's language, and yet his works are complex and rich," said Cornelius. "There is an interesting juxtaposition of the spare and the complex at play in his poetry. And it is always amazing to have an author read the work him or herself. I am always inspired listening to talented writers share their work with our community."

One of the attendees, Angella Dagenhart, was excited about having dinner with Teitman and learning that he spent a portion of his college years away from Pennsylvania in California. She enjoyed spending time learning about him and his poetry.

"I appreciated listening to him read, especially ‘Philadelphia, 1976’ which was my favorite. The first intention I brought to the experience was appreciation of his art. As a poet, however, I was also aware of what really worked well in h poems and thought about how could incorporate some of those same techniques into my own process. I was intrigued by Ryan’s poem about The Mütter Museum, and am planning to take a trip there with my family." said Dagenhart.

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