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Bringing Fictional Characters to Life

Student composers, writing majors, and Longview resident Dot Rudge collaborated in February to give life to fictional 19th-century characters from an IC faculty member’s poetry collection. Led by faculty member Greg Woodward, the composers created music for each short work—monologues from the residents of the imaginary town of Redwing, New York—which were read aloud by Rudge and the writing majors.

The poems, by writing and women’s studies professor Katharyn Howd Machan, were selected from her first full-length collection of poetry, Redwing: Voices from 1888, which was published last year and deals with daily events in the lives of the townspeople, as well as such universal themes as death and alienation.     


The composers played their own works and teamed with the readers, who were from Howd Machan’s cross-generational senior seminar, Writer as Performer.

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