By Melody Ortiz
Student performers expressed themselves during the “Drop the Mic” event held by the Writers Society on Thursday night in the S-2 recital hall.
East Los Angeles College students, along with others from the Los Angeles area, had an opportunity to share their own poetry and music.
Students read from prepared papers, off of their phones, and from memory. Some were new to sharing and some were used to it.
Popular topics were political views and love.
Though most performed poetry, ELAC student James Brandt, 24, chose to sing two of his original songs.
Brandt had only found out about the event an hour or so before it started. He made a quick decision to ask to be added to the performance list.
He said he was nervous while on stage because it was his first time performing for an audience in a long time.
Unprepared for the sudden act, Brandt had to borrow another performer’s guitar. He played two songs of his own, the first named “Stella” and the second named “Perfect Lover.”
This was the second semester the event took place, with a turnout of more than 100 people.
“We were planning to have it only once a year, but it was so popular. It was a big success,” Professor Obed Silva said, faculty advisor for the Writers Society. Silva said their previous event had a turnout of more than 150 people.
Before the event, art and food vendors set up shop outside S-2, accompanied with music.
There was also a display of murals by the Chicanos Studies department.
A DJ played between the performances and art pieces were raffled off. Anyone who paid for the $6 entry ticket was entered into the raffle.
Before the event, the audience was informed about a new podcast and literary journal created by the Writers Society, called East Side Rose.
The podcast is hosted by Professor Silva and published and edited by Professor Gregory Mena. Silva conducts interviews with students, who are chosen to share their creative artwork, on the podcast. It will feature different students each month.
The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. There is currently one episode of the podcast.
The literary journal features work from students and is scheduled to be released in January 2018.
For more information, visit www.eastsiderose.org
The Writers Society meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in E3 558.