E 380F • Literature for Writers: Editing the Literary Journal
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Three years ago the graduate students in the English Department's Creative Writing Program inaugurated a literary journal called the BAT CITY REVIEW. The first issue was published in Summer 2005. From now on this journal will be published annually and will be edited by Creative Writing students. It is an entirely student-run journal, but I will help, as faculty advisor, to develop what might be called a culture of the journal.
This course, then, is a practicum for editing a journal. Theoretically, the course raises questions of aesthetic value and editorial judgment. We will be looking at other journals published around the country and we will try to develop an historical sense about the place of small literary journals in the dissemination of literature during the last century. I intend to have the editors of several poetry journals around the country visit the class and discuss actual procedures and practices. These may include either the immediate past editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago, Joseph Parisi, or the current one, Christian Wiman. I have also spoken to Stephen Donadio, the editor of New England Review, about visiting. I co-founded and edited for ten years a poetry journal called The Poetry Miscellany, now in its thirty-fourth year of publication, so I have personal knowledge of the difficulties and rewards.