Those of you who may think the Widener community doesn’t cross I-95 and venture into Chester knows nothing about Widener University’s College of Arts and Sciences and their Boundaries and Bridges campaign.

Last night, they kicked off a weekend workshop called The Author’s Corner,  featuring some remarkable readings from the young and old (like me). Widener students, staff, and a sprinkle of folks from the Chester community piled into Open Mike’s Cafe to enjoy and support each other share from the stage.

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Special guest was Greg Corbin of Philly Youth Poetry Movement. When he took the stage, the night went to a whole different level. Personally, I’ll confess to not being a big fan of poetry and spoken word, but I’m a huge fan of talent, and Greg overflows with it. Make it a point to hear him whenever you can.

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Oh….but the party didn’t end there. Open Mike’s needed to kick Author’s Corner out to set up for a comedy show, so Devon Walls opened up the Abstract Room in the MJ Freed Theater across the street, and the readings continued.


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Jayne Thompson – Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Widener

I believe Author’s Corner continues with a Saturday morning writing workshop at MJ Freed. Stop on by and say hi!

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Thanks to Widener, Toxic Man is getting some legs. Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy.

The myth busters were out in force last night. First, the ‘Widener doesn’t cross the bridge myth’ is dead, and the ‘nothing to do in the downtown district of Chester after dark myth’ is dead. Open Mike’s, MJ Freed, Linda Braceland’s gallery and Butcher’s Rehab were on and poppin’ under the haze of street lights in the rain.