Contributors, sponsors and other members of the campus community are invited to the Black Tulip celebration on Saturday in honor of the Shinnery Review‘s recent publication.
To continue a 28-year tradition with this year’s print, a formal, anticipated reveal party will take place in the home of Drs. Jeremy Elliott and Kelly Elliott.
Each year, a collection of nearly 200 forms of poetry, art and literature are submitted from students to be included in the Shinnery Review.
With contributions from students, whose majors span from biology to graphic design and English, the door to creative expression is not closed to one major or classification.
Dr. Stephen Moore, a faculty sponsor of the Shinnery Review and associate professor in the Department of Language and Literature, said the goal of organizers is to produce art and literature and to show that everyone has a voice and the same opportunity to create art and showcase it. The Black Tulip is a night for these people, all of unique differences, to gather and be unified by their interest in creative expression.
“I think we always go into this with the goal of getting as many people involved in the Shinnery as possible,” Moore said.
This campus-based literary magazine is published and printed annually.
The publication is sponsored by Dr. Shelly Sanders, Jeremy Elliott and Moore, lead by Jake Buller as editor-in-chief and contributed to by a staff of 10 students. The magazine mirrors those publishing annually at other universities.
Buller said being an editor is not one in which you “just sit down and edit what people do.” This executive role of leadership, however, establishes and contributes to content, design and minor details like grammar and aesthetic appeal.
Additionally, Buller and the Shinnery staff finalized a publication with 130 pages and 77 pieces of work, all being narrowed down from a total of 200 initial submissions.
“We begin accepting submissions in December, but in time, we pick pieces with greatest quality and from there organize them by their category,” Buller said.
For this volume of the Shinnery, the structural categories included the different seasons of the year and their correlations to emotions like joy, dreariness, sorrow and enthusiasm.
At The Black Tulip, presenters will read their work in this order, taking the audience through a range of feelings and thoughts.
Printed copies of the Shinnery Review will be available in the Department of Language and Literature on the second floor of the Hardin Administration Building.