posted on: Thursday March 17, 2016
by Ryan Cox ’18
A brand new club on campus is looking to bring the power of the spoken word to Providence College. Believers of Words (BOW) was officially founded at the end of the fall semester and is a place where those with an appreciation for poetry can gather to collaborate on, listen to, and express themselves through poetry.
“BOW’s vision is to put into words the pressing issues that leave others speechless. It wants to strive to constantly display a sense of unity and understanding that others can relate to and potentially join in discussion,” said Treasurer Giselle Bonilla ’16. Other executive board members are President and Founder Ylaiza Perez ’16 and Vice President Phionna Cayola Claude ’18; a diverse variety of members from each class year attend meetings.
BOW meets on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in the Community Room on the fourth floor of Feinstein academic center. During that hour, members share poetry that they have written, listen to spoken word performances, and play poetry-related games, sometimes composing poetry as a group. The atmosphere of BOW is meant to be a welcoming one, and club members hope to create a space where other students feel welcome to express themselves through a common medium and create a sense of unity.
While BOW has no official events planned yet, they are exploring several options for the future and recently helped sponsor the campus-wide “Love Your Melanin” campaign, which was also sponsored by the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA). Some members also performed at the campus involvement fair, which was held at the beginning of this semester.
Bonilla said her experience has been an overwhelmingly positive one so far. “I’ve always loved to write poetry and express myself through writing,” she said. “Being a part of Believers of Words has helped me realize that I am not the only one who sees poetry as an outlet, and it gave me the opportunity to connect with people through their poetry.” For more information on BOW, interested students can attend an upcoming meeting.