Over sixty Umbra Institute students, both those taking the Italy of the Imagination creative writing class and their friends, were on hand last night for the ninth reading of the Umbra Institute’s Literary Anthology. The theme this semester was “Che sorpresa!” — “What a surprise!”, which was well-conveyed by the cover’s whimsical cat. Students read their works about culture clashes and a reluctance to go “back home,” and by the time everyone had had a chance to read, the reality that the end of the semester is fast approaching seemed to have set in for everyone present.
The annual creative writing reading is the first in a week of Special Academic Events at the Umbra Institute before finals begin. Umbra’s art students are currently busy arranging their works for tonight’s art show — pictures tomorrow!