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Club of the Week: What is ‘Shadows on Paper’?

‘Shadows on Paper,’ the MCC resident poetry club, will meet every Monday at 11 a.m. in the College Center room “The Terrace,” starting on Monday, Feb. 5. The poetry club gives the students of this college a place to express themselves through poetry and spoken word.

‘Shadows on Paper’ started in the fall of 2016, when club founder and current president Sergio Rivera decided to leave his role as ‘MCC Music Club’ president to pursue to create the club.

Rivera successfully ran the club that first semester with no additional staff to assist him, whilst also serving as the ‘MCC Music Club’ vice president and founding the ‘Improv Club’ with his friend and current ‘Im- prov Club’ president Atillio Zanetti and serving as the club’s vice president.

Since then, ‘Shadows on Paper’ has gone on to host many opportunities for students to perform spoken word, including many open mic performances where they have teamed with clubs like ‘MCC Music Club’, a slam poetry night, and have even headlined ‘Kogaracon,’ an anime convention that drew in over a thousand attendees.

‘Shadows on Paper’ has also greatly contributed to the Quo Vadis Newspaper’s newest page ‘Ars Poetica’ with authors from the club submitting their poetic contributions weekly to the newspaper.

‘Shadows on Paper’ has recently published their first independent poetry book titled ‘Shadows on Paper, Volume 1’, which is currently available in the campus library, as well as other key locations throughout the campus; additional copies may soon be printed due to consumer demand and limited volume.

‘Shadows on Paper’ plans to release its second independent poetry book titled ‘Shadows on Pa- per, Volume 2’ sometime in the be- ginning of the semester, as well as their third independent poetry book titled ‘Shadows on Paper, Volume 3’ towards the end of the semester; the club also plans on focusing on dif- ferent styles of poetry this semester with in-depth instructional guides on how to write certain poems de- veloped by the club staff which will be available to the club membership by the first meeting.

The poetry club will continue to host their open mic performances on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in College Center Cafeteria C, and on Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in College Center Cafeteria C, as well as their end of the semester poetry slam on Thursday, April 26 in the Performing Arts Center located on campus.

The poetry club will also begin planning other projects, such as continuing their relationship with the campus library, with whom they have prepared destressing workshops before, as well as continuing the planning for their upcoming podcast named ‘Shadows on Podcast’, where they plan to discuss various topics pertaining to current events and its correlation to literature.

Students can contact the club staff through their general email,, and can also find them at the upcoming Student Activities Fair. To submit your poems or haikus please click here.


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