Columbia College Literary Review Launch Party, Bad Poetry Contest


Columbia College Literary Review Launch Party, Bad Poetry Contest is April 10, 7 p.m., Dorsey Gym, Dorsey Hall, Columbia College main campus.

I know you went to Harvard;
Psych degree --
so you’re smart, you can see
about you.

This is an excerpt from a poem by Columbia College student Corey Nichols, winner of the most recent Columbia College Bad Poetry Contest, on Natalie Portman.

Yeah, it’s pretty bad. Think you can do worse?

You’re welcome to try at the 2012 Columbia College Bad Poetry Contest and Columbia College Literary Review Launch Party, to be held April 10, 7 p.m., in Dorsey Gym of Dorsey Hall on the Columbia College main campus. Free parking is available all around the campus and anyone bad, or brave enough, is invited. See the campus map.

The best – worst? – poem gets a prize and there will be free issues of the Columbia College Literary Review, too.

A college literary review has been around in one form or another for years, but this is its first substantive remake in decades. Eight students assumed separate duties – soliciting and public relations, fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry editing, design editing– to make the publication truly professional. All the students received credit for their work. And the literary community is close-knit, so the announcement of a relaunched literary magazine went viral, resulting in submissions from all over the U.S. and several other nations.

Sedel Marino
Sedel Marino, design editor, will be graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Art with emphasis in graphic design in May. She’s been working as a graphic design and marketing intern for Orr Street Studios, a local art gallery with artists’ studios in the North Village Arts District, just a few blocks north of the Columbia College main campus. She says she hopes to secure a job in the non-profit sector “to impact people beyond selling them things,” she says. “It [graduation] is only 30-some days away!” she says, and she has no job --yet.

Marino says her goal was to make every page of CCLR a work of art.

“I really enjoy the process of piecing together text layout, typography, and the problem-solving that goes along with it … Each work has a different page length requirement. Each piece is its own work of art, with its own layout and color scheme. I think people are going to enjoy it, pick it up and linger on it.”

Christina Ingoglia, a creative nonfiction writer and assistant professor of creative writing and composition at Columbia College, is CCLR’s faculty advisor and host of the Bad Poetry Contest. Ingoglia earned a bachelor's degree in industrial labor relations from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., then earned a master's in creative writing with a concentration in creative nonfiction from the University of Wyoming.

"This team of student editors has done an exceptional job producing CCLR and learning about literary journals,” she says. “We hope our readers will notice the amount of effort put into the review. This experience will influence these talented writers and editors for years as they continue writing and publishing."

Some of the artists and writers in CCLR will go on to become professionals. Pick up a copy, read and enjoy the work of these rising stars – and their editors.


Anonymous said...

I am so bad at writing anything.
I am going to win this!

Anonymous said...

"Kittens Playing"

Like swarming eels,
but with fur,
kittens mutually pounce.
The carpet is their river.
Or like milk splashing
on Rice Krispies (tm);
Snap! Crackle! Pop!
Kittens playing!