Another Umbra landmark last night: it was the twelfth bi-annual literary anthology reading. The Birraio, Umbra’s go-to pub for important events, hosted the reading in their Buddha room. Professor Cynthia Clough, the instructor of the “Italy of the Imagination” course, conjured up the class’ work over the semester and then passed the baton to anthology editor Emily Swaine, who lead off the evening.
One by one all of the students in the course sat in front of the giant tin Buddha and read their best essay. Art awakening memories, what the barista gives you every morning, and the many meaning of niente — these were among the wide range of themes that came out last night.