Dramatic Reading Series Today!

The day of the Engish Students Voice Dramatic Reading Event is finally here.  

Today, on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 a handful of talented writers and actors will be converging to share their talents from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the NAC Ballroom

We hope to see you there!  


“Just Desserts” from March 1st

Our very own Kelvin Beriguete shared his original story, “Just Desserts” with us at the last meeting. Here it is now:

Just Desserts

      One late summer evening, a cook was busy preparing dinner for a wealthy family. While buttering a pan for a pie, she was visited by the family’s youngest son. The boy was a quiet child, who would often drift into the kitchen and silently watch the cook do her work. Though usually a surprise, this evening the cook managed to catch a glimpse of the child as he entered the kitchen. He climbed atop a stool by the kitchen table.

The cook smiled to herself. “I was once friends with a girl like you.”

The boy said nothing, but stared in silence.

“She wouldn’t talk either. Not to anyone, though sometimes she did speak to me. But only sometimes. I always wondered why she didn’t speak. Never asked her, but I always figured it was her teeth. They weren’t the prettiest things, but she still had the most beautiful smile.”

The cook shot a glance at the boy, who merely continued to stare. She laughed.

“I do wonder what she’s up to these days. Haven’t seen that girl in years.”

“…Do you miss her?”

Stunned but delighted, The cook set her pan down and grinned at the small child.  “I do.”

She waited for the boy to speak again, but he didn’t. The cook shrugged and picked up a rolling pin. As she began rolling dough, she started to hear a sound from below the table. It was the young boy, humming as he sat holding a pumpkin on his lap. The cook raised a finger, preparing to investigate the boy’s behavior, but before she could utter a word, the boy’s mother began to call him from the other room. The child scurried out of the kitchen, leaving the pumpkin on the floor.

The cook sighed then set the pumpkin on the table. She turned to the cupboard, pulled out a knife and bowl, turned back towards the table, before freezing in place. She saw a faint glow emanating from the pumpkin. Concerned, yet intrigued, the cook walked over to the vegetable. It’s light brightened as she neared. The cook left her bowl on the table and squinted in awe at the vegetable’s luminescence. She touched the pumpkin and found it to be warm, like a bulb taken from a lamp. She nudged it with her knife. It’s light pulsed brighter. She cut the vegetable open, and from the incision burst a light so bright that the cook was briefly blinded.

Once her vision un-blurred, the cook found herself no longer in the kitchen, but in a barren field of rock and tundra. The air was warm and windy; the sky starry through patches of clouds, with an aurora of shifting colors lying just over the horizon. The cook saw none of this. Her attention was on a little girl standing a few feet from her, gazing gleefully through violet eyes. The cook’s own eyes widened with recognition. The girl said nothing, but grinned widely, revealing two rows of sharp jagged teeth. They exchanged stares for a moment, just long enough for the girl to wave good-bye.


The cook opened her eyes. She found herself lying on the kitchen floor. Besides her was the young boy, sitting with a piece of the once shining pumpkin.

“I’m sorry,” He muttered.

Mystified yet grateful, the cook smiled. “It’s ok.”

A Magical Meeting!

For our next meeting, we’ll be sharing and discussing our favorite pieces of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Magical Realism. Books are the perfect way to experience fascinating new worlds. So grab your invisibility cloak and DON’T PANIC, we’re hopping on a tesseract and going exploring! As always, you are more than welcome to bring your own work.

This meeting will be on Thursday, March 1st, from 12:30- 2:00 in room 6/304 in the NAC

Our Frist Meeting

Greetings all! Hope your semester is off to a great start!

Join us for the first Spring 2012 meeting of the ESV this Thursday, February 16, as we celebrate literature and writing!

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 12:30-2:00
WHERE: NAC 6/304
BRING: poems, stories, novel excerpts, or original writing related to the theme of CHILDHOOD

Let’s kick off the semester with a bit of sentimentality! Looking forward to seeing you there!

One Week Left for Submissions

To those wonderful writers who have submitted a piece for our dramatic reading series: Thank you.  We could not do this without you.

To those creative people who have not yet submitted your brilliant work, let this be a friendly reminder that you have only a week left to submit. Our deadline for submissions is February 1st, next Wednesday, and there is still room for your work in our reading series.

To those who do not know what we are talking about, check out our last blog post about the reading series: https://englishstudentsvoiceccny.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/dramatic-reading-series/  Hopefully that should clear up any questions you have, but if not, feel free to email us at ccnyenglishstudentsvoice@gmail.com

We cannot wait to see what you have written, so please send in your submissions as soon as possible.

Ready, Set, Write!!!

Dramatic Reading Series

Hello Everyone!

Writers and actors pay attention because we are talking directly to you.  In the upcoming Spring Semester, English Student Voice will be running a dramatic reading series in which talented CCNY actors will perform all new pieces by CCNY writers.

So If you’re a writer and you have a masterpiece to share with CCNY or if you’re an actor who would like to participate in the reading series please contact us at ccnyenglishstudentsvoice@gmail.com

Writers, you have until February 1st to send in your submission!

Happy Writing!