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On Thursday, October 27, Emmanuel’s English Department presented the release of The Saintly Review (TSR), Emmanuel’s new literary magazine. This collection of works by students was the culmination of the Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine Course, offered during the spring.
Assistant Professor of English and Global Studies Dr. Monique-Adelle Callahan and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Pope, Professor of English, hosted the release party for TSR. The event was held Yawkey Glass Room in the Jean Yawkey Center.
Callahan opened the evening by presenting a quote by Octavio Paz,“Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human; it is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.”
Setting the foundation for presentations by contributors, Dr. Callahan said, “We’re here to celebrate what you’ve created, a compilation of literature at its best at Emmanuel college.” In addition, Dr. Callahan thanked both Dr. Palumbo, Head of Emmanuel’s English Department, and Dr. Pope for their support for and contribution to the creation of the magazine. Dr. Palumbo could not be present for the release due to his speaking at conference in Virginia.
The readings opened with “To The Friar,” a poem byAssistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies Dr. Andrea McDonnell. McDonnell was the only faculty member who submitted and she encouraged more faculty members to contribute to future editions of the magazine.
Kody Martin ’16 read “Caught,” a work of flash fiction written in a ten-to-one format. Seth Garcia ’16 followed, and read an excerpt from his short story,“The Overweight Friend.” Sam Farquharson ‘17 performed their poem, “To My Child Self.”
Matteson Holtman ’16 discussed his visual art, which is featured both in TSR and is the cover of the magazine.
As part of his thesis, he created a chronological series of “archetypes” that were screen printed and later accented with ink pen. Holtman is also featured in TSR in an interview conducted by Garcia.
Shumon Jenkins ’18 performed his poem “Young Black Male,” which is a tribute to both the pride he feels for his heritage and Black Lives Matter movement. Carlie Lemcke ’18 concluded the presentations with a performance of her poem “(Considered) Home,” written about the heroin crisis in Hingham.
“Some days ideas will come down like the rain, and other days it’s pretty dry,” said Jonathan Rowe ’18. “So for me, it’s just trying to bear through those barren days and wait until the ideas actually start flowing.” Rowe is the author of the poem “Cornerstones” featured in TSR.
Garcia confessed that submitting his work to TSR was intimidating; writing itself is a nerve-wracking process in which writers often face rejection. As a member of the editorial staff for the magazine, he admitted to voting against his own work down so to not gain an advantage over other students’ submissions.
He concluded that the challenges he faces as a writer make him work harder and make being published all the more rewarding.
Garcia is currently working on a novel, a more in-depth exploration of his short story “The Overweight Friend,” featured in TSR.
Callahan concluded the event by complimenting the students’ creativity and dedication to TSR.
“So here is the proof that Emmanuel is committed to you as writers, and now we’re just encouraging you to continue to write and to continue to contribute,” she said.
Emery Veilleux ’20 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at email@example.com