Spring Issue of Firethorne Now Available

Posted on May 13th, 2010 by

The front cover of the latest edition of Firethorne.

The Spring 2010 issue of Firethorne – the student literary and graphic arts magazine at Gustavus Adolphus College – will be unveiled Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Courtyard Café, located on the lower level of the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.

The 118-page issue highlights 72 different works from 38 authors and artists. Students published in this edition of Firethorne include Joe Awada, Natalie Jo Baker, Matt Beachey, Nathaniel Beaver, Andrew Byron, Jenna Chapman, Mary Cooley, Dimitri Diamanti, Leif Estenson, Amanda Fink, Katy Fuller, Gunter Heidrich, Sam Hemmerich, Aaron Hiltner, Griffin Hinwood, Soren Hoeger-Lerdal, Chelsea Kramer, Susan Kranz, Marlene Kvitrud, Mike Johnson, Lindsay Lelivelt, Michael Lieberman Samantha Maranell, Ethan Marxhausen, Alison Mastain, Ryan McGinty, Alex Messenger, Lynn Olson, Trevor Oestenstad, Charles Owens, Bethany Ringdal, Jessica Schulz, Erin Simon, Nicole Soiseth, Abby Travis, Katie Umenthum, SongYang, and Sovanchampa Yos.

“This semester thirty staff members reviewed approximately 500 submissions from just under 100 submitters from 15 majors,” Managing Editor of Firethorne Abby Travis said. “It is those works which most clearly demonstrate an obsession over the fundamental elements of craft that our staff has chosen to highlight.”

Firethorne encourages a variety of submissions, including poetry, short stories, memoirs, nonfiction essays, photographs, drawings, graphic short stories, spoken word, lyrics, dramas, short screenplays, excerpts of novellas, creative essays, images of student sculptures, and other fine art. Submissions are reviewed and evaluated anonymously by Firethorne staff based on creativity, originality, and artistic value.

Firethorne was first produced by Gustavus students in 1973, but the history of a literary arts magazine at the College dates back as far as 1928. From 1928 to 1930, Gustavus students produced a literary arts magazine titled The Lion’s Tale. From 1940-41, students produced Embers: A Literary Magazine. From 1948 to 1971, the student literary arts journal was titled Prospects.

Along with Travis, other Firethorne staff members this year include senior Organizational Manager Marlene Kvitrud, senior Prose Section Editor Ryan McGinty, senior Poetry Section Editor Aaron Hiltner, and junior Art Section Editor Susan Kranz. Firethorne’s faculty advisor is Assistant Professor of English Baker Lawley.

Copies of Firethorne are free and can be picked up after Friday’s release party at several locations on campus including inside Confer Vickner Hall and the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad


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