The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s University, New York’s Brooklyn Campus has released the inaugural edition of its new literary journal.
A group of the University’s MFA students produce the “Writer’s Foundry Review,” which features an array of literature that spans fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as profiles of Writer’s Foundry instructors Cleyvis Natera, Randall Horton and David Gates.
The literary journal also boasts pieces that earned the Writer’s Foundry Prize in Short Fiction (Jane Snyder’s “A Durable Fire”) and the Writer’s Foundry Prize in Poetry (Despy Boutris’ “Meditation on Need”). The prizes are judged by Foundry Director Lee Clay Johnson and Professor Alicia Mountain, respectively.
Clay Johnson congratulated his students on their hard work during a June 30 release party, celebrating the publication of the journal.
“Students (have the chance to) practice as editors,” Clay Johnson said. “It helps them put the work they’ve been doing into real-world experience. This journal — it’s a wonderful, exciting thing for us to do together and to send out to the beyond.”
For the release party, members of the University community gathered inside The Parlors in Burns Hall, enjoying light refreshments and mingling with classmates, friends and colleagues. Later, contributors to the journal read excerpts of their work in front of an engaged audience.
The writers dedicated the journal to Steven Earl Hobbs, a Writer’s Foundry professor and adviser of the journal, who passed away in June.