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Abelina Nunez
Staff Writer

Hannah Schultz, University of La Verne alumna, and Hannah Cokash, junior creative writing major,  were featured poets in a virtual reading via Zoom earlier this month. 

More than 20 community members attended the April 2 reading, part of the ongoing virtual series. 

Schultz, who  minored in creative writing during her time at ULV, is currently working on her MFA in poetry at Cal State Long Beach.

Schultz’s poems are mostly about her complicated relationship with her father. One of Schultz’s poems is called “I’m Trying To Remember.”

Cokash, a junior creative writing major said reading and writing poetry has always been a comfort for her growing up.

Cokash wrote about her dog, Tess, because she believes she deserved a poem, and it helped her cope when Tess died. It’s called “No Pain.”

Some of the participants commented and shared their thoughts about the poetry reading. 

“You’ve got me crying my mascara off,” Grayson Ruyak, freshman creative writing major, said. 

Sean Bernard, professor of creative writing and program head, coordinated the event. 

He said he enjoys bringing his current students and alumni together, and to see how they’ve grown as writers. 

Abelina Nunez can be reached at abelina.nunez@laverne.edu.

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