The “Eckerd Review” will have its annual launch party for this year’s journal release on May 6 in the Cobb Gallery. The launch party provides an opportunity to showcase literature and art from the Eckerd community that has been published in the literary journal.
The two Co-Editors-in-Chief, senior creative writing and human development major Kate Kobosko and junior human development major Katy Williams, as well as faculty head Gloria Munoz, work together to plan the event.
The organization also gets help from the Advancement Office when it comes to catering and setting up. During the actual event, student art work is showcased and around a dozen writers read their work from the journal.
“Mostly, it's a matter of reaching out to people, ordering the line-up so the pieces compliment each other, and making sure everything runs smoothly,” Kobosko said.
According to Williams, the journal usually gets around 300 submissions total, and around 15-20 writing submissions and 15-20 art submissions get accepted.
Although the “Eckerd Review” has already finalized its submissions for this year, students hoping to submit work for next year can do so on Eckerd’s website. Students can also get involved by joining the “Eckerd Review” club.
“We want the evening to be a great experience for everyone, whether they are being published in the magazine or just wanted to come out and hear some good writing by people in the community,” Kobosko said.
Williams says that joining the organization has benefitted her by improving her leadership skills and public speaking skills. Along with gaining skills, students can now get tangible experience from the “Eckerd Review’s” new internship course, geared towards students who want to pursue a career in writing or editing.
Though the “Eckerd Review” has changed during her time at Eckerd, Kobosko says that its mission has remained the same.
“At its heart, it's still just a group of people who like good art and want to see the writing and arts community here at Eckerd to flourish,” Kobosko said.