Thanks to all that joined us for our Fall Reading!
Our featured readers Erika Jo Brown, LeeAnne Carlson, and Quentin Key-Tello shared some amazing work with us which was then followed by the open mic where we got to hear your genius. It was MC’d by Glass Mountain’s Co-Managing Editor, the illustrious red lipsticked poet herself, Amanda Ortiz.
Erika Jo Brown started off our night with a series of poems that touched on the monotony of everyday life and the power of imagination. A fresh faced look on the world that makes us all want to experience life through her eyes.
Then we got a taste of LeeAnne Carlson’s tale of farm house mystery, gripping the crowd in page turning enigma and heart warming memories. Following the main character as we trace through past and present day we peel back the layers of this case to find the truth. It is a tale we couldn’t get enough of and left us wanting to pluck the manuscript from her fingers and absorb the rest of it whole.
We finished off with Quentin Key-Tello and his self proclaimed “anxious and over analytic” mutterings with his piece “Elegy.” It read from the perspective of the narrator who is reflecting on his best friend’s life after he’s passed. Although a different form of narrative than we are used to it is nothing short of compelling. I’ve never read or heard a piece that was told in this form of narrative, 10 minutes of flash fiction the room was silenced in awe of his use of rhetoric and narrative.
We continued the night with a series of open mic readings by our audience members. This is the most exciting portion of the night because you don’t have to be a published writer, or even a writer at all to share your work. Chug your liquid courage and brace the eyes of the masses as the innermost depths of your subconscious is regaled in the form of prose and poetry. All of the contributors were brilliant and we are so glad audience members felt comfortable enough to share their work.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend this reading or you need plans for another Tuesday night don’t miss the next reading! The Halloween Reading October 31, details to come!
To all Glass Mountain readers and friends, the 2017 Poetry and Prose Contest has come to an end. Our esteemed judges have declared winners, although one category has an unprecedented TWO winners this time around.
In nonfiction, judged by Kim Meyer, the winner is “Magical Boy with Bleeding Guts” by Alexander Castro.
For poetry, judged by Martha Serpas, the winner is “Urban Universality” by Gerald Smith.
And in fiction, judged by Antonya Nelson, we have two winners: “What We Do To Be New” by Jonah Brunet and “Counting Lights” by Fajer Khansa.
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted work; we loved reading it and can’t wait for next year’s contest! To read the winners’ work, keep an eye out for Glass Mountain volume 18, our tenth anniversary edition!
To all Glass Mountain fans, readers and artists: happy 2017 and thank you for sticking around for what promises to be another amazing semester! We’re celebrating ten years of Glass Mountain with the 10th anniversary issue this spring.
After a restful winter break, the GM staff is ready to get right back into the swing of things with three major announcements:
- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
- STAFF APPLICATIONS
- JANUARY 31 READING ANNOUNCEMENT
Any piece of art, poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction will be considered as long as the artist is not currently enrolled in or previously awarded a PhD or MFA in the category you are submitting to; for example, we’ll accept poetry from someone with a master’s degree in art and business. The submission deadline for the Spring 2017 issue of Glass Mountain is February 11. For further guidelines and to submit, go here.
Staff applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27 and can be found at the bottom of this page.
Our first reading of the semester will take place on Tuesday, January 31 at 7 PM at Bohemeo’s. The café is very close to campus, and it’s the same place we held two of last semester’s readings! So come on out to enjoy some snacks and beverages, as well as readings from Miah Arnold, Alex Colter and Alex Naumann and the open mic!
Our Poetry and Prose Contest is underway! There are three categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry, and each category’s winner will be awarded $100 as well as FREE registration to the 2017 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers! Each submission has a $5 fee and the deadline is January 9th, so don’t delay. As usual with Glass Mountain publications, we don’t accept work from students currently enrolled in a PhD or MFA program for writing, as well as those who have graduated from such programs. We encourage any emerging authors to apply, and can’t wait to read your submissions! For contest guidelines, please visit Glass Mountain’s Submittable page.
As you read this post, the printers are putting their final touches on Volume 17 of Glass Mountain. After a semester of hard work, we are finally ready to celebrate with a huge launch party on December 6th at Café Brasil, located on Dunlavy Street. Bring your family and friends, because we’re letting our hair down and it’s going to be a great time!
Our featured readers have all been published in this volume of the magazine: Merideth Melville, for nonfiction; Brooke Lightfoot and Fernando Izaguirre for poetry; and Diantha Sneed for fiction. While there isn’t an open mic this time, we will be talking about our Poetry and Prose Contest that we hope you’re going to enter!