The new issue of Vortex was released Thursday with a party in the lobby of Thompson Hall.
There was free food and drinks and a huge white marble cake. Students who were published in the new edition read from their work.
For the past school year, students have been submitting their work to the Vortex and editors have been piecing the magazine together, poem by poem, story by story.
Throughout the year, submissions are accepted for the monthly online version of the magazine. Every spring semester, Vortex releases the print edition. This is the 38th year of the magazine.
Here’s an example of what you’ll find inside. It’s a few lines of the short story, “A Conversation to End,” by Vortex editor McKenzie Hobbs.
“Get up,” says the cat. And so I do.
“You have a lot to do today: a story to write, another to edit. You need to call your son, ask him how the wife and kids are. Tell him you’re proud of him. Also, and this is of the utmost urgency, you need to clean my litter box, and I would really appreciate some new food in my bowl.”
“Okay,” I mumble, as my feet land rather heavily on the floor. It seems it has been a while since I last used my legs…but surely, it hasn’t been longer than a moment. I had just closed my eyes, and woke to the cat talking at me.
“Please,” says the cat, “can we put a move on this? Some of us have a schedule.”