We’ve started up a new online literary journal at The College of Saint Rose, where I’ve taught for some time. It’s sprung out of our new MFA in creative writing program and will involve MA English literature as well as undergrad English majors as well. This is the first time I’ve ever been the editor of a college-affiliated magazine. Painted Bride Quarterly, when I started editing journals more than 20 years ago, was still an indie homespun thing, with only a mail slot at The Painted Bride Arts Center to give it any kind of institutional umph. Other than that it was mailbags in people’s apartments across the Philly area. Then La Petite Zine, which was a Web Del Sol-owned thing, and then McSweeney’s Sestinas and Unpleasant Event Schedule. I’ve been on a journal-editing hiatus for a couple years now, and I’m glad to be back and with a group of editors, rather than just me and a laptop.
Pine Hills Review is an online journal that will publish work on a weekly basis, once we’re up and running. I love recently closed Linebreak and Booth, among many places, that feature one small issue at a time. In many ways it’s more honest than having issue collections, and it allows more attention on one thing.
All of this is to say: if you’re a writer, send your work.
My student and I were meeting about her piece of writing about an unwieldy subject, full of backstory and memories that span 15 years of her life. We talked about how it might be more helpful to work in smaller parts, not worrying about the whole. Write a scene, a single memory. Describe one room. Or write, at least at first, from the beginning to the end in linear, chronological order, then reordering, chopping, and adding onto it afterwards.
I see what you’re saying, she said to me.
And then she says something else.
“I write about it the way I want to think about it.”
I had to write that down.
Neisser, Ulric. “The Five Kinds of Self-Knowledge.” Philosophical Psychology 1.1 (1988): 35-59.
Eric K. Auld, a graduate of The College of Saint Rose’s MA in English program, has gone on to writing fame–or is it infame? I talked to him about Saint Rose and writing over on Stated, and it’s up on the front page now. Check it out.
Auld’s essay on a fake Craiglist experiment, in which he posted a job ad and received 600-plus responses, has made quite a stir. It first appeared on Thought Catalog, was subsequently re-published on national sites Lifehacker,AOL Jobs, and The Daily Beast. He was then interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and KPCC’s Pat Morrison’s show. A piece in The Guardian in the U.K. is forthcoming.
I’m on a panel with lots of super people from the area.
Facebook event page here; listing at The Arts Center page here.