Staff Writer

The written word becomes audible during the Phoenix Literary & Art Magazine's Showcase tonight in the Art & Architecture Building's Reading Room.
Five poets and one fiction writer will read their pieces, which are featured in this semester's edition of the magazine, along with pieces that are not published.
The reading's mission is to highlight the intensity of poetry, according to Jenny Darden, Phoenix editor.
"Because English is an imperfect language, sometimes we have to hear accents, changes in volume and pitch and pauses to truly understand what is being said," she said. "The reading brings poetry into 3-D."
The event organizers also hope to smash preconceptions about poetry, including that it has to rhyme or contain certain subject matter.
"This reading just might change their ideas about what poetry is," Darden said. "There is generally something for everyone, even those who are ambivalent about poetry. And for those who are connoisseurs of literature, this is a great chance to see and hear some of the most talented writers on campus."
Among those writers is Sheena McNeil, a junior in animal sciences. Tonight's reading will mark her first large public reading, and though she is classified as one of the poets, she does not view her Phoenix piece, "Rain," as a poem.
"This piece was created by me sitting down and just writing," she said. "It trickled from my brain to my hand and splattered on the paper, and that is how I left it."
McNeil considers poetry a pleasure and therapy.
"Poetry is an excellent tool for releasing emotions, problems and joys as much as it allows for imagining and storytelling," she said. "It allows me to speak, as it were, unrestrained."
The audience as well as the readers benefit from the reading, according to McNeil.
"Poets, like any other artist, need feedback - sometimes for improvement, other times to allow them to strive onward in that area or move on to something new," she said. "Being questioned about their work and discussing it also allows the poet to see their work in multiple lights that they may not have before."
During intermission, artists' work will be displayed, and refreshments will be available.
The other readers are Adam Herington, Kara Borum, Ellen Mallernee, Matthew Blondell and Chris Kammerud.
The event is free and commences at 7 p.m.