Julie Moore Poetry Reading

By KAITLYNN LITTLE, reporter
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

The Sterling College English Department hosted Julie Moore on Tuesday evening, October 23, in Cornerstone located in the student union. Moore read selections from three books she has published, and revealed some of the new poetry she has been working on.

Her writing explored not just her own life, but also the life of those around her—to find the grace and blessing in them. Her newest book, Full Worm Moon, interacts with the realities of abuse and trauma, and how we can find hope and faith even though such horrors exist.

“The book’s metaphor is the moon. When I was emotionally torn apart—the year went on—no one stopped the calendar. I recognized that the moon kept showing up in my writing, and I think it lingered because of my attachment to Psalm 57:1. So several of the poems are named after the different types of moons,” Moore said.

A question and answer time followed her reading, giving opportunities for students from all areas of study at Sterling to connect with her and learn from her writing strategies.

“I really like meeting new people. And I love students, of course, I’m a professor too! College students are my favorite crowd. When I get to visit another college, especially a Liberal Arts college like Sterling, its such a blessing to get to network and know them. To see the good work going on of Christian education in Kansas,” Moore said.

In assistant professor of writing and editing, Aaron Brown’s, Poetry class, his students read and studied Moore’s newest book. Sophomore Jessie Sheppard participated in that class and attended the event to meet her in person.

“I came to the poetry reading because in our poetry class we got the chance to read her book, Full Worm Moon. I really enjoyed it and I wanted to ask her some questions, and I got some of them answered,” Sheppard said.

Brown observed that the event had the largest audience yet to attend a visiting writer’s reading. Him and Sheppard think that poetry has something valuable to offer every person.

“Poetry can be a lot of different things—it doesn’t have to just be something like Shakespeare or sonnets. Poetry can also be rap or some free form stuff. It has the potential to be a lot of different things, and it adapts to anyone and anyone can write it,” said Sheppard.

Moore’s books are for sale in the campus bookstore.