“PostSecret Live” is coming to Burruss Hall tonight from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m. Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret.com, will host the event.
PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project started in 2005. People mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard to Warren in Maryland, and select secrets are posted on the website and published in book compilations.
"PostSecret was really popular when I was in middle school," said sophomore Briar Atkisson. "One of my friends sent in a postcard and it was published, and we just never knew which secret was hers".
The postcards are small works of art that make a statement. Some are more intricate than others, with handmade drawings, designs and collages, while others are just scribbled in sloppy handwriting.
No matter the design or illustration of the card itself, each has a secret anonymously written on them from the sender. The messages are usually things the writer has never shared with anyone, but that are now being shared with the world.
The content of the postcards ranges wildly. Some are witty or inspiring, while others are tragic.
Tonight, unpublished postcards will be revealed, and Warren plans to share the stories behind them. Warren will also be sharing some of his own secrets, and the audience will have opportunities to contribute as well.
A book signing will be held afterward and the books will be for sale, including the New York Times bestseller, “PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God”.
The event is free, and tickets are limited to two per person, available at the Squires Ticket Office from noon until 5:00 p.m.