This year’s launch party for the Tusculum Review literary magazine featured two prize-winning student readers and nationally-known poet Alex Quinlan and drew a crowd of more than 70 students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
A launch party was held on Thursday, April 29, at the Chalmers Conference Room of the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.
The Tusculum Review features fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, prose and art that is selected from annual submissions from writers and artists from across the country and around the world.
Students featured included Andy English, a senior English major from Greeneville and winner of the 2010 Curtis Owen Prize for Fiction, who read from his Senior Capstone Project. Also featured was Phillip Dean, a senior biology and environmental science major from Whitesburg, who took home the 2010 Curtis Owen Prize for Poetry.
Quinlan, whose work has appeared in previous editions of the Tusculum Review, is also a contributing editor. He is the recipient of the Intro Journals Prize and his poems have appeared in such literary journals at the Tampa Review and Pebble Lake Review.
Quinlan lives in Chattanooga, where he teaches classes in creative writing and humanities in the English Department at the University of Tennessee. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a post-graduate fellow in poetry.
According to Wayne Thomas, assistant professor English at the College and editor of the Tusculum Review, Tusculum College is one of only a few undergraduate colleges in the United States that offers students the opportunity to work for an international literary journal.
Thomas also thanked the assistant and student editors who helped the 2010 issue of the Tusculum Review become a reality.
The Tusculum Review offers students the chance to learn and refine their skills as reviewers of literature, critics of visual art and editors of the written word. These opportunities provide students with unique qualifications for graduate studies and employment in publishing.
“It is a great experience for them as future writers, editors and publishers,” said Thomas.
Copies of the new issue are available for sale at the Tusculum College bookstore.