MiNT and Poets’ Society display fresh take on creative writing

MiNT Magazine was the scoop of the day at Friday Sept. 4’s ice cream event in front of the MacVittie College Union. Although there weren’t any servings of mint-flavored ice cream, many students still enjoyed the cool and refreshing treat in the 85-degree heat on the patio by the gazebo.

MiNT is a student-run literary magazine that contains creative works such as writing pieces and art. The publication has now been around for over a decade—not to mention, they’ve had quite an impact on Geneseo since its start in 2003. MiNT accepts many types of writing including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and opinion pieces. They usually have about two issues a year.

“Lately, [MiNT] has been focusing on a more multicultural theme, but we accept all kinds of pieces,” MiNT web director sophomore Lizzie Pellegrino said.

MiNT provided helpful fliers at the ice cream event, creatively advertising their club. They also had a copy of a past magazine for interested students to flip through and read. The student work on the flier defied some expectations—the non-fictional stories were authentic and convincing, while the fiction pieces had true elements of magic to them. The lack of rigidity within the work seemed to attract potential writers.

While many students were off learning about MiNT and enjoying the ice cream, Geneseo Poets’ Society hosted a poetry slam in front of the Union as well. Many of the poets who performed had also written for MiNT before, but anyone could get up on the table and perform their piece.

One of the poets who performed presented a complex piece about his job working at Euro Café on Main Street, focusing on the process of serving customers and the type of food Euro Café has. Others stood up and presented poems about personal relationships, the struggle to adjust to societal expectations and other deeper topics.

MiNT and Geneseo Poets’ Society collaborated well in providing both food and entertainment. It was remarkable seeing college students get up on a table and perform poems about everything from their deepest thoughts to their eating habits—and the free ice cream was certainly a bonus.