“A” what?

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Dec 092004
 
Authors: Daniel Linn

Getting creative works published locally can be tough, but A magazine hopes to provide an outlet for students' creativity.

A is the English department's literary journal, and it accepts original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and black and white art from CSU students. A is a student-run, nonprofit publication that accepts and prints students' creative works for free.

The magazine is accepting submissions for the spring 2005 edition.

A accepts any style of writing or artwork and welcomes experimental submissions.

Anna Broeker, the editor of A, said she would like a wide variety of submissions for the spring 2005 edition.

"We would like to get as much diversity as possible from outside and among the community," Broeker said.

For 2005, students will be able to submit black and white artwork, as well as send submissions through e-mail. Multiple submissions also increase the chances for students to get their works published.

"It's really important for new writers to get published," Broeker said.

The publication has changed names several times. Previous names for the magazine include Mosaic and the Greyrock Review, which existed for 22 years, from 1979 to 2001. The first publication of A hit the presses in spring 2002 and received a warm welcome from CSU students and staff.

"It's nice to have a literary magazine devoted primarily to undergrads," said Spencer Williams, associate editor of A.

Williams said the name was changed to A because of legal issues concerning the already reserved title.

Despite the changed titles, the literary magazine has been in publication for more than a third of a century.

Judy Doenges, faculty adviser to A, said the publication was named after the first letter of the alphabet, and while it has no direct correlation with CSU's former nickname the "Aggies" or the "A" on a hill west of CSU, it was a factor in deciding the title.

Doenges looks forward to the future of the magazine and said she would like to see it reach beyond CSU, but its primary audience will continue to be students.

"I see it primarily staying as a sort of important part of student life here at CSU," Doenges said. "I also see it as a journal that attracts national subscriptions."

Doenges believes A is an important part of the CSU campus.

"It's a good way for (people) to understand the diversity of student life and how vital the student life is," Doenges said.

Copies of past A magazines are available at the CSU English department office in the Eddy Hall room 359. The publication is available to students for $7 but is free to students with work published.

Students may turn submissions in to the English office or by submitting an e-mail to submit_to_a@yahoo.com.

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