November Blogroll: Publishing in the PNW

Dear readers,

This month, as part of the process in getting to know my new institution and writing community, the blogroll features publishing outlets affiliated with Pacific and its community. Note that each of these target’s a very disparate group of writers—there is a little something for everyone.

International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA)

Targeting undergraduate students from a consortium of 14 institutions, this journal accepts research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works on a rolling basis from all academic disciplines. While submissions must include a recommending letter from a faculty sponsor, the journal makes good on its call for breadth and rigor. A recent special issue included a collection of essays on the intersection of geography and sustainability.

Pacific university press

In an age when most university presses are shutting their doors, Pacific University started a press in 2015 to respond to this changing climate. As a hybrid, open-access publisher with three imprints, the aims of the press mirror those we have for Boxer students: excellence in scholarship, diversity of thought, and the pursuit of just and sustainable communities. Areas of emphasis include: liberal arts and sciences, health professions, education, business, and literature. In fact, the first publication was a collection of craft essays by members of the MFA in Creative Writing faculty.

Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads

This nationally-recognized literary journal is significant in two ways: it is a teaching journal, produced by graduate and undergraduate creative writing students; and it is an important voice in terms of diversity, migration, immigration, and diaspora concerns. Its strengths lie in its poetry, fiction, and translation selections. Occasional essays of varying stripes and author interviews are featured. This fall, the journal has begun publishing one-act plays, for which I am the new senior genre editor. With two print issue and two web issues annually, alongside a blog, check Submittable for our most recent call for work.

Happy reading!

A writer’s summer breakfast, with reading, berries, and espresso.

October Blogroll: Theatre in the Grove

Dear readers,

I find myself in the fortunate circumstance of find my new university offers more local theatre than I can hardly manage to fit into my schedule. A number of events are being put on as an a means to meditate on the recent violence in our country and the election year.

I hope you’ll join me!

Broken Promises
  • Who: Center for Gender Equality, Pacific University.
  • What: Desperate for money, four teens living on the edge gamble their lives on internet porn and prostitution. Before Adriana knows it, she is trapped in a life she cannot escape from: or can she? Broken Promises is a theatrical production set amidst the backdrop of urban Latin hip hop music, rhyme, and choreography.
  • Where: Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.
  • When: Thursday, October 20, at 7PM.
  • Cost: Free.
The Good Woman of Setzuan
  • Who: Theatre & Dance department, Pacific University.
  • What: In a time of corruption and competition run amok, the gods visit the city of Setzuan in search of at least one good person. Their encounter with Shen Te, a gentle and naive young woman, allows them to go on believing that there is hope for humankind. Left to her own devices among her desperate and demanding neighbors, however, Shen Te must learn to be cunning in order to survive.
  • Where: Tom Miles Theatre, Warner Hall.
  • When: Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, at 7:30PM; Sunday, October 23, at 2PM; and Thursday through Saturday, October 27 through 29, at 7:30PM.
  • Cost: $5-$8, and may be purchased online here.
Hands Up
  • Who: Center for Peace and Spirituality, Pacific University.
  • What: The play features the perspectives of seven African-American playwrights that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling.
  • Where: Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.
  • When: 2PM and 7:30PM on Saturday, October 22, and at 2PM on Sunday, October 23.
  • Cost: Free; tickets are required and can be obtained online here.