F&M Alumni Arts Review

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Submissions are now open for Volume VII of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Our theme this year is TEMPER. 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: Wednesday, 11:59 PM, November 15th, 2017.

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

BIO GUIDELINES: 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


Temper is a glorious word, full of all kinds of meanings in addition to the one it often brings to mind: “a tendency to become easily angry.” It turns out, actually, that temper is “calmness of mind”: temper is, after all, something we lose. In fact, the “irritability” definition comes late in the list of possibilities; the first is almost its opposite: “to modify by the addition of an agent or quality; to ‘moderate’.”

Potters and other artisans know the word describes bringing to a certain consistency or texture, by blending, mixing, kneading, heating. And cooks know that tempering means bringing ingredients together and slowly heating them—the shock of mixing too suddenly can lead to curdling or lumping. These metaphors are applicable to images, and certainly to our prose and poems: stories, fictional or true, about such meetings and meldings, blendings and curdlings.

Those in love with history (and knights in armor) know that blades and other metal objects can be hardened, strengthened, toughened by the application of heat. And we can appreciate these metaphors: what needs strengthening—will, conscience, behavior—and what might the “heat” be: a scolding? (perhaps why “tendency to anger” became such a popular meaning of the word); however, as we all know, tempering also comes about because of lost love, wasted years, and other hard-learned lessons. 

The verb, temper, also means to adjust the pitch of an instrument. And it's an adjective: Car accidents would be much worse did we not have have tempered glass. 

Temper is adding something to something to alter it.

Deadline: 11:59 PM, Wednesday, November 15