Exceptions’ Spring 2016 Publications

This spring, Exceptions received some amazing pieces of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. After reviewing all of the submissions, we are delighted to announce the publication of the following pieces:

Genie in a Bottle, Nancy Scott

Visual Brain Evolution, Ann Bliss

Reading Bodies, Emily Michaels


Girl on a Bench Sees Visions of Butterflies, Lynda McKinney Lambert

Life Is To Live, Ernest Jones

Muddy Hands, Lynda McKinney Lambert

VOID, Roselyn Perez

What the Tornado Brings, Roselyn Perez

These written works, in addition to being featured on this website, will be published in the next print issue of Exceptions. Thank you to everyone who submitted!


Stories of Sound & Movement, an Accessible Art Event

On December 7, 2015, Exceptions hosted its second “Accessible Art” event, “Stories of Sound and Movement,” in the RCAH Theater in Snyder Hall. With over 10 different music and dance performances, each section in the program focused on creating sensory based performance. Music performances, played on instruments ranging from violin to harp to tuba, all contained elements of sharp staccato notes, as well as long, drawn out cords, helping the audience feel the vibrations of the notes from each instrument. The three dance performances all contained aspects of noise. While dance is often perceived as more of a visual experience, each dancer was able to demonstrate how sound can be part of the experience as well. Also included in the program were the winners of our New Perspectives contest. An original composition titled “The Death of a Toad” by John Russell Beaumont was played before and after the showcase, as well as a reading of the poem “Elegy for Lost Time” by Robert Young, inspired by the song “Time” by Pink Floyd.

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The program included the following performances:

“La Folia”
Composed by Arcangelo Corelli / Performed by Allison Holden on violin

Poetry reading of “Elegy for Lost Time”
Written by Robert Young and inspired by the song “Time” by Pink Floyd
Read by Vanessa Gonzalez

“Space Tuba”
Composed by Ryan Martini / Performed by Ryan Martini on tuba

Tapping in Contrast
Movement One: Circle of You
Choreographed by Chris Kargul / Dancers: Chris Kargul and Lana Grasser
Movement Two: Noisy
Choreographed by Chris Kargul / Dancer: Chris Kargul

Composed by Carlos Salzedo / Performed by Emily Henley on harp

Choreographed by Geneva Swanson / Dancers: Lana Grasser, Chris Kargul, and Nicole Mascorro
Guests are invited to sit on stage to experience the piece up close

Composed by Paul Jeanjean / Performed by Carly Jakrzewski on clarinet

“Blowin’ in the Wind”
Composed by Bob Dylan / Performed by Jacob Fortman on ukulele and Elizabeth Karneye on vocals

“A Touch of Conversation”
Choreographed by Lana Grasser / Performed by Liz Karneye (drums) and Lana Grasser (dancer)

Dancers and Musicians set up on stage to interact with audience members.