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Student works hit the stands

7 May 2014 By Stephanie G-Munguia, Staff Writer No Comments

Towson University’s newest edition of the free and annually published literary magazine Grub Street was released Tuesday, May 6. However, this edition is different than past issues.

The magazine’s makeover included a design change — it is no longer the traditional rectangle, but now a square, and includes more visuals to accompany each story.

“We really tried to reinvent Grub Street this year by making a lot of design changes and by adding nonfiction. I really hope the students will enjoy the new Grub Street, and I hope it will make them want to submit in the future,” Michelle Owens, managing editor of Grub Street Magazine, said.

This year’s edition of Grub Street is now on stands around campus and on Thursday, Grub Street will continue tradition by hosting a reading in Room 3150 in the College of Liberal Arts.

Along with the physical changes, Grub Street has faced many challenges.  Towson student and editor Christopher Gaarde said that despite being a junior editor of Grub Street last year, he was not prepared for the undertaking of updating this year’s edition of Grub Street.

“I don’t think there was ever a time where we weren’t challenged by the task before us, but some of the more stressful moments were when we spent much of spring break editing, proofreading and organizing content,” Gaarde said. “Nearly every time we thought we were done, a new correction or change would need to be made.”

As for Thursday’s reading, four writers from each genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction and visual arts) were chosen to read their work, which was submitted and published in Grub Street. The reading is an open event so students, friends and families can attend without charge.

“To me, it’s a really compelling issue. I did not select any of the work. It was all the students who selected it, so I didn’t really see any of it until I started helping them copyedit and I just was really taken,” Michael Downs, English professor and faculty adviser of Grub Street, said. “The magazine itself has endured through a lot and I think it’s because Towson University for 40 years valued creative arts — writing and visual arts — and wanted to see them have a home and Grub Street gets to be that home.”

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