F283. Taking It International: Undergrads on Creating a Multimedia Zine Read Outside the US

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Students and faculty from a diverse polytechnical college—not literature-focused, but ranked 23 in the Princeton Review's 2017 "Top 50 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design"—share how they utilized technology to take an undergrad-staffed, multimedia literary zine international. They explain interdisciplinary on-campus collaborations; getting written up in the UK Daily Mail; and how to snag literary contest judges like Juan Felipe Herrera, Daniel Handler, Glynn Washington, and A. Van Jordan.


Soma Mei Sheng Frazier is an award-winning author and 2017 San Francisco Library Laureate. She has taught writing in an urban high school, colleges in New York and California, and a prison. Currently, she chairs the English and the Humanities department at Cogswell College, and edits Cogswell's multimedia literary zine, COG.

Cheyenne Mikailli is a digital arts and animation major at Cogswell Polytechnical College. He is in his final year of education and looks forward to a future career in project management. Cheyenne is also and accomplished photographer and vice president of The Cogswell Collective.

Joseph Fortuno is a business administration undergrad from Cogswell College. In 2016, he joined his college's student-operated publication group, COG, as the events & social media coordinator. Outside literature, he is a social entrepreneur recognized by President Obama and the White House.

Zaid Shaikh is a game design engineering student at Cogswell Polytechnical College in San Jose, California. He was on Cog magazine's spring 2016 staff as a fiction coeditor where he helped curate fiction entries for the magazine's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th issues.

July Westhale is a poet and writer living in Oakland, California. She is the author of Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade, and the children’s book Occasionally Accurate Science.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside