The editors and faculty advisor for Upper Iowa University's Volga River Review literary magazine recently held a launch party and poetry reading event to commemorate its publishing. Editors include (from left) Tiffany Stouffer, William Kenney, Erica Minich, Samantha Vorwald, Alex Ellis, editor-in-chief Allyson Herkowski and faculty advisor Dr. Adrianne Finlay, assistant professor of English.
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 8, 2014) – The Arts and Humanities Department of Upper Iowa University's School of Liberal Arts recently published its second volume of the Volga River Review, a literary magazine featuring the works of Upper Iowa students, faculty and staff from both the residential campus and educational centers, as well as alumni.
Created as a project-based learning experience a year ago, students in the creative writing program on the Fayette campus edit, design, publish and publicize the journal. Dr. Adrianne Finlay, assistant professor of English and program director of Creative Writing, serves as the faculty advisor for the project.
"The community of writers at Upper Iowa has the satisfaction of sharing their work and seeing it in print, and the larger community can enjoy reading their creative work," said Finlay. "It has been incredibly rewarding for me to work with students on this project, and their energy and enthusiasm has been amazing.
"In this year's journal, we had the opportunity to represent creative work from all across the University. We feature writing not only students, staff and faculty from on-campus, but also from the centers in Prairie du Chien, Waterloo, Des Moines and Wausau. We've included several alumni, some who graduated last year, some earlier, and even one alumnus from the class of 1941, Mr. Foster Cass."
Editors include chief Allyson Herkowski of Milwaukee, Wis.; Alex Ellis from Tripoli, Iowa; William Kenney from Coon Rapids, Minn.; Don Kuykendall-Burnette from Waukegan, Ill.; Erica Minich from Kenosha, Wis.; Carli Jo Stee from Castalia, Iowa; Tiffany Stouffer from Jewell, Iowa; Lucas Braun from Calmar; and Samantha Vorwald from Worthington, Iowa.
An online version of Volume 2 of the Volga River Review can be found here. Photos from the launch party can be found on the UIU Flickr site here.
Anyone interested in submitting creative work to next year's journal is encouraged to send a Word doc. by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line VRR 2015.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 6,200 students – nationally and internationally – at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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