F&M Alumni Arts Review

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Submissions are now open for Volume VIII of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Our theme this year is SWING. We very much look forward to your interpretations of this most interesting and multi-faceted word. (See below, under the bio examples, for a few ideas.) Deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2018, 11:59 PM.

DID YOU GRADUATE FROM F&M? You must be an alum of Franklin & Marshall College to submit to the Review. Please do not send us your work if you did not graduate from Franklin & Marshall College.  

For guidelines regarding specific genres, please review the categories below. 

We happily accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. 

With your submission, please make sure your name is written as you'd like it to appear throughout the Review (for instance, you may want to include your maiden name, so that, if your work is included in the Review, classmates might recognize you). 

We also ask for a physical address and a way to contact you by email (PLEASE BE SURE IT'S AN EMAIL YOU USE; we've had alums miss out on being published because they didn't receive our acceptance note!). 

You are welcome to write a short cover letter, and please be sure to include a brief bio. (Bio guidelines and samples, below.)

Thank you for your interest in the F&M Alumni Arts Review. We look forward to considering your work!

Sands Hall, Editor & the Editorial Board


Your graduating year follows your name (Joe Smith '76); include your major and write about yourself in the 3rd person. Limit: 75 words. We encourage you to include contact info if you like (email and/or website); these count as one word each. 

Example 1: Marcie Doe ’10 majored in English with a concentration in creative writing. Excellent Press recently brought out her second book of poetry, and in 2012 , she was a finalist for Significant Poetry's annual contest. Her poetry can be read, her books purchased, and her email address found (and she hopes you'll read/purchase/write) at www.marciedoe.com.  

Example 2: Edward Jones ‘57 continues to explore the artistic territory to which he was introduced in a much-loved photography course with Professor Right. He majored in business administration and minored in classics, and enjoyed a fruitful career with a Washington, D.C. advertising agency. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Holly Smith-Jones ’59, on the Chesapeake Bay, where they love to walk their dogs. Be in touch! ed&hollyjones@email.com. 



We’re very excited about our theme for Volume VIII of the F&M Alumni Arts Review; perhaps it’s that spring is taking such a long time to arrive here in Lancaster and we all feel ready for something, well, that swings! 

The word offers all kind of options—from porch swings to mood swings, from swing music to swing votes—although its basic definition is to “move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis.” 

And “to cause to move or face in an alternate direction”—perhaps a new direction.

There’s also “cause to move vigorously in a wide arc or circle,” as one does when one swings a golf club, or swings an arm, or swings an ax—or a knife. 

A door swings open. We swing aboard a train. Laundry swings from a line.   

In its noun form we have “a change in attitude or behavior” and “a free and swaying movement.” One of the things we like about this word is that it contains meanings of other themes we considered, including “wave” and “current” and “turn” and even “face.”

We are familiar with swing also as an adjective: capable of deciding the outcome, as in swing vote.  Also to have a steady pulsing beat—one of the most delightful forms of music, and of dance:

And how about the vernacular meanings: “to die by hanging,” to be “lively” and “up to date,” and “swapping sexual partners.” Idioms associated with the word include be in full swing, get into the swing, take a swing, no room to swing a cat.

SWING comes from Middle English: to beat, fling, hurl; from Old English and akin to Old High German swingan: to beat, rush, fling oneself.

Submissions are now open! Deadline is Sunday, 11:59 p.m. Nov 18th, 2018

Questions? Write to aareditor@fandm.edu.

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