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2015 Symposium of Artists Scholars celebrates student scholarship, creativity

Poet and Novelist Kelley Swain '07 will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Kelley Swain ’07 will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 Symposium of Artists and Scholars

More than 80 Randolph College students will present their original research, creative writing, art works, and performances at the Seventh Annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars, Thursday and Friday, April 23-24, 2015 at Randolph College.

Award-winning poet, novelist and teacher Kelley Swain ’07 returns to campus to give the keynote address, “The Picture and the Frame: the Value of Uncertainty”, in Nichols Theatre in the Student Center, on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Student presentations begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Center and continue through 4 p.m. Friday.  Visit for a complete schedule and program.

The Symposium brings together artists and scholars of all disciplines to share the results and highlights the best work being produced at the College. Modeled after a traditional academic conference, the event features  a keynote speaker, oral presentations, readings of creative works, musical, theatrical and dance performances, exhibitions of student artwork, and poster presentations.

Kelley Swain

Kelley Swain, a 2007 graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, is a poet and novelist living in London.

Her poetry publications include the verse drama Opera di Cera (Valley Press, 2014,), winner of the 2013 Templar Poetry Pamphlet Awards,  the collection Atlantic (Cinnamon Press, 2014,) and her first book, Darwin’s Microscope (Flambard Press, 2009). The Naked Muse is forthcoming with Valley Press (2016).

Her debut novel, Double the Stars, an historical fiction about the life of astronomer Caroline Herschel, was published by Cinnamon Press in September 2014.

Kelley is editor of two poetry, science and art anthologies: Pocket Horizon (Valley Press, 2013,) which gave her the opportunity to work with poet Don Paterson, and Whipple Museum’s first and only Art Book, The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules.


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