Inside the Core this week, we celebrate the work of a Core student, Jodiann Morgan, who published a volume of poetry, Broken Pieces into a Whole: Where All Pieces Come Together. In Core, we celebrated many accomplishments of faculty in the publishing world. However, this is the first time that we have focused on a student author.
I learned about Jodiann’s accomplishment from Professor Melinda Papaccio, an English and Basics teacher, who met Jodiann through the service-learning option Melinda led, I-Thirst Ministry for drug addicts. Jodiann was one of many Core students who chose to work in this challenging and inspiring service opportunity, linked to Core classes and offered by CEMR.
Jodiann, when I was in contact with her through Professor Papaccio, sent me information I had requested about her book. She says: “My aim is to appeal primarily to girls and women aged 14 and over. Also, although I am affiliated with the Christian religious denomination, I did not want my poem to only attract attention. of those of my same affiliation.. Therefore, I have sold copies to Atheists, Muslims and other religious/spiritual affiliations to introduce them to who my God is and to reflect on their self-knowledge in just looking through a different mirror.
Jodiann thinks her poems can serve as a mirror, so that others can see themselves reflected in her own experience. She goes on to say, “The poems I have written are those that I have done my best to present the most fragile and complex challenges and common difficulties in my life that other girls and women have experienced. or are living at the peak of their personal development.” In these difficult times, people in general and young people in particular are facing a lot of anxiety and struggle. Jodiann’s poetry helps address these issues for her target audience, especially those going through the following: “(1) the death and birth of our spiritual journeys, (2) embracing our darkest days in our enlightenment ( 3) inviting brokenness to influence our wholeness, and (4) self-reconciliation.”
The poems would be suitable for both personal reflection and group discussion. Specifically, Jodiann sees the book as potentially being “used in a diverse discussion, particularly based on the theme of personal development and discovering our identities as creations of God. Additionally, the themes of depression, pain and rejection are those that can be used for private discussions for people who are in their process of acceptance for healing.” She has already gained significant exposure for her book, as she spoke on a local radio show a few months ago. Although she has not yet participated in discussion groups around her book, she is very open to the idea.
Seton Hall is proud of the accomplishments of his students, and Core is extremely proud that a Core student, involved in significant service-learning in his classroom, has also found the time to publish a volume of meaningful and relevant poetry. Jodiann is continuing her education in the dual degree program for a BSE in Special/Elementary Education and a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She says: “With this vast opportunity, I will strive to incorporate my writing into my career to network with others and create a creative space for young children to express themselves with confidence as they discover their new voices. .” We expect more to come from this young author.