By Angelique D’Alessandro
Assistant Online Editor
The Writing Center will host a “Women are Lit!” read-in event on Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in celebration of Women’s History Month.
The event, which will take place in the Great Hall of the Winnick mansion, is co-sponsored by the English department, the Black Student Union, and the Panhellenic Council.
Mary Pigliacelli, director of the writing center and an adjunct professor in the English department, said she and Professor Carolyn Grimstead, also an adjunct professor in the English department, decided to hold the event to celebrate writing done by women from all backgrounds.
“We want people to read pieces by women. We hope all different kinds of writing by women are represented,” Pigliacelli said. Readers are encouraged to read essays, letters, poetry, prayers, songs, testimonies, and even tweets during the event.
One student has already signed up to read an excerpt from “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir, Pigliacelli said. “We are open to hearing students read any writing by women.”
Pigliacelli will also read during the event. She chose to read the poem “Diving into the Wreck,” by Adrienne Rich, which she feels is a poem “telling women to think very deeply about where we are and how we fit into larger society structures- and what we can do about that.”
“Adrienne Rich was a pretty important voice and ally for all women during the women’s movement in the 1970’s,” Pigliacelli said. “She was involved in making the movement more inclusive.”
Inclusivity is important to Pigliacelli, who hopes for the “Women are Lit!” event to be an open, wide-ranging experience.
“I want the event to be a happy and moving celebration of women’s voices, and I am hoping that everyone will want to come.”
Students interested in reading at the event can email email@example.com. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.