Inspiring Undergraduate Writers
The undergraduate literary journal, which just published its fifth edition, is garnering more and more interest.
By Theresa Woods
Special to USF News
TAMPA, Fla. (May 11, 2011) – Can you reflect on the symbolism of beer-stained carpet? What would happen if all the culture, music and art in the world were stolen? And is there some essential truth to a parent’s eternal question to their malingering college-age child: Are you sick, or just hung over?
These are just some of the thoughts explored in the fifth edition of USF’s undergraduate literary journal, thread, recently celebrated with a launch party for both the print and online edition.
Cori Barrows, an editor for thread, noted that this year’s journal was different from past editions in many ways. The 2010 edition saw was the first in print, although it did not include each author featured in the online version of thread. This year, each author was printed, and the journal was created to be more environmentally sustainable than those in the past – submissions were collected online and the print edition was designed to use less paper.
“Competition was fierce this year, which is probably why it’s the best journal we’ve ever had,” Barrows said.
At the April 27 launch party there was a room full of spectators to witness readings from the authors featured in the journal. Poems and short stories were given voice by the authors who wrote them and shared their inspiration as they took the podium.
“I tried to cut it down 10 pages,” said Brogan Sullivan upon taking the stage to read from “The Idea Thieves,” his short story, “but I was barely successful.”
Sullivan’s dark humor was balanced by Robert Alderman’s “The Stags Were Dancing In The Trees,” and the introspective nature of Danielle Hamilton’s “Mistake #12.” Neil Pepi, author of Parallels, the only script in the journal which was recently showcased at the Honors College’s One-Act Play Festival, took to the stage with the accompaniment of friends to read an excerpt from his work.
“I was overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve received,” says Hunter Taylor, a senior editor for the magazine. “It’s great to see how thread has evolved through the years.”
The launch party itself is a part of thread’s evolution. This promotional event was a first for the thread team.
“I’m blown away by the number of people that came out,” Taylor said as patrons excited, their print copies of the magazine in hand.
Look for the online version of the publication at http://english.usf.edu/thread/.