F123. The Visionary Advisor: Running a Student Literary Journal at a Two-Year College Campus

Room 505, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Why should you start a literary journal for your two-year writing program, and how can you make it work? Faculty advisors share their experiences with different methods of production and aesthetic: journals publishing primarily student work or professional work, distributed online or in print, and edited partially or wholly by students. The advisor must be both a repository of institutional memory and a visionary, mentoring students and sustaining the publication while imagining its future.



Phoebe Reeves earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches English at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College. Her chapbook is The Lobes and Petals of the Inanimate. Her poems have also appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Drunken Boat, and Memorious.

Britton Shurley is an associate professor of English at West Kentucky Community & Technical College where he is the founding editor of Exit 7. His work has most recently appeared in such journals as the Briar Cliff Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Wacamaw. He was the recipient of 2010 Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Sarah Kain Gutowski is an associate professor of English at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. She advises the student-curated magazine East End Elements, and is the new member program chair for the Faculty Association of SCCC. She is a poet and the author of Fabulous Beast: The Sow.

Melissa Tyndall is a writer, bibliophile, caffeine addict, and Supernatural fangirl. She has a BS in English, an MA in corporate communication, and an MFA in creative writing/poetry. Tyndall is an assistant professor and advisor of a student literary magazine in Tennessee.

Evan Balkan runs the creative writing program at the Community College of Baltimore County. He is the author of six books of nonfiction, including the biography, The Wrath of God: Lope de Aguirre, Revolutionary of the Americas. His screenplay, Spitfire, is currently in preproduction.


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