BIPOC Creator: Leslie Marmon Silko

Join us in taking a look at our first BIPOC creator feature, Leslie Maron Silko. In this series, we will attempt to highlight female and BIPOC creators to go along with this semester’s theme of social justice.

Leslie Marmon Silko was born was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico near the Laguna Pueblo reservation and stayed there until she graduated from the University of New Mexico. She is a Native American author and an influential figure in the 21st century Native American Renaissance. She is the author of eleven novels and has codified several traditional stories from the Laguna Pueblo Tribe. Her writing ranges from Native American folklore to postmodern literature, and focuses heavily on the presence of racism and white imperialism in America. One theme that is of particular interest in her writing is time as a circular concept, as most Native American communities view it. Her writing draws from the cultures and traditions she grew up immersed in and the struggles for Native American communities to retain their identity in an Anglicized America. Leslie, along with being a Native American rights activist, is also an avid women’s rights activist. Leslie has taught at several universities across the United States including two in Arizona, Navajo Community College and University of Arizona.

Be sure to check out what Poets.org and the Poetry Foundation have to say about Leslie.

ASU’s Common Read to Host Jonathan Safran Foer

Join Arizona State University’s Department of English in welcoming author Jonathan Safran Foer at a virtual event to be hosted on October 1, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The goal of the Common Read program is to have incoming freshman read and write about a topic of interest that relates to ASU’s mission for change. For this event, the focus will be on environmental protection, as is described in Jonathan’s book We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. The event, where Jonathan will discuss his book and answer questions from students and staff, is free and open to the public. More information about the event and a link to register for the reading can be found here.

You can find out more about Jonathan and his latest book here and more about ASU’s Common Read here.

ASU Undergraduates- Apply Now to Intern at Superstition Review!

Are you an ASU student looking to gain experience that will prepare you for your career? Are you interested in creative writing, publishing, marketing, blogging, advertising, or social networking? And most importantly, do you want to have fun and make connections with other students in your field?

Then an internship at Superstition Review will be perfect for you!

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced by creative writing and web design students at Arizona State University. Founded by Patricia Colleen Murphy in 2008, the mission of the journal is to promote contemporary art and literature by providing a free, easy-to-navigate, high quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. We publish two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry and pride ourselves on creating a strong community of contributors and interns.

About The Program:

This internship is a two-semester program. The first semester is a training course (ENG 394) that offers study in the field of literary magazines and prepares students for potential internship roles. Upon successful completion of this course, students are assigned one of several internship roles and join the intern course (ENG 484). Intern roles include Content Area Editors, Bloggers, Social Media Managers, and more.

All work for both courses is completed online and ASU undergraduates from all fields are welcome and encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note that this internship is available only to ASU in-person students.*

Questions can be emailed to superstition.review@gmail.com. Apply Now!

What Our Interns Have To Say:

  • “I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to intern at Superstition Review. I developed a number of professional skills—including web editing, interpersonal communication, networking, and content creation—that make me feel much more confident in my search for a job after graduation. Trish is a wonderful mentor, and I have learned so much from her!” ~Rachel Hagerman, Issue 23 & 24 Content Coordinator, Issue 25 Student Editor-in-Chief
  • “I was not prepared for the amount of experience I got from being Fiction Editor for Superstition Review. Having access to so much literature from a variety of people and levels of writing showed me what a wide world writing is. I know that my writing has improved from all that reading, and I’m happy with how much everyone was able to pitch in and help create such a fantastic issue.” ~Lucas Selby, Issue 25 Fiction Editor
  • “Interning at Superstition Review has not only given me preparation for a career past college, but I’ve also been lucky enough to create relationships and connections with my fellow interns, staff, and our contributors. I am so grateful for the experience I’ve gained from these past 3 semesters— I’ve learned so much about the publishing world, as well as what good leadership and teamwork look like.” ~Payton Kline, Issue 25 & 26 Content Coordinator
  • “During my two semesters as the Advertising Coordinator for Superstition Review, I learned so much about organization, effective and efficient communication, newsletter creation, and deadlines. These are helpful challenges you will find in any role you take within the magazine. If you are pursuing a career in writing, editing, or publishing in general, an internship with a literary magazine on your résumé is pretty nice to have!” ~Stephen Lupkin, Issue 24 & 25 Advertising Coordinator
  • “This internship has taught me so much about literary magazines, publishing, and the careers available in the literary community. At Superstition Review, you have the opportunity to put your skills to the test and work to create a fantastic magazine. I have grown so much in the past few semesters thanks to the way this internship encouraged me to push out of my comfort zone and create something I’m proud of.” ~Kelsey Kerley, Issue 25 Social Media Manager, Issue 26 Student Editor-in-Chief

Rebecca Fish Ewan’s Doodling for Writers for Sale on Amazon

Join us in congratulating our faculty art advisor, Rebecca Fish Ewan, on her new book Doodling for Writers, published by Books for Hippocampus. Rebecca Fish Ewan is an artist and author and founded Plankton Press. In addition, she is currently a professor at ASU and teaches for the landscape architecture program. She has previously written two books, A Land Between and By the Forces of Gravity. Her new book Doodling for Writers features her own cartoons, as well as tips and tricks for authors who want to incorporate drawing into the writing process. It guides the reader through processes that will enhance their writing with prompts and activities to guide the way. Rebecca’s book will be released on October 6th, 2020 and is available for pre-order here.

Learn more about Rebecca on her LinkedIn Profile or website here.

Submissions for Authors Talks and Guest Posts

The Superstition Review blog posts two types of content from past contributors to our magazine, guest posts and Author Talks. Both of these are posted regularly on the blog and are a great way for us to hear authors talk about their writing process and what they have been up to since being featured in the magazine. We now have an easier way for past contributors to submit both guest posts and authors talks to the blog. Both can be submitted by following a link to Submittable, an online submission form found on the front page of our magazine, or by clicking here.

Submissions for Contributor and Intern Updates

Superstition Review is always looking to celebrate the achievements of past contributors and interns, which are featured in our weekly contributor and intern updates posted here on the blog. We now have an easier way for past contributors and interns to reach out to us with news of their literary and academic accomplishments. Updates can be submitted by following a link to Submittable, an online submission form found on the front page of our magazine, or by clicking here.

New Video: Tips for Submitting Work to Literary Magazines

Check out our latest YouTube video! Our Social Media Manager Roxanne Bingham took the time to sit down with Superstition Review Founding Editor Patricia Murphy and Hayden’s Ferry Review Supervising Editor Katherine Berta to give you some insider advice as the submission season begins.

Don’t miss the tips and tricks they discussed in this video, and don’t forget to submit your work to Superstition Review by August 31st for the chance to be featured in our 26th Issue!

Virtual Reading Featuring S[r] Contributor

Don’t miss this week’s installment of the Fire Hydrant Reading Series! It will feature readings from past Superstition Review Contributor, Thomas Legendre, and Fire Hydrant Reading Series co-creator, Kristi Carter.

This free and virtual event will take place this Wednesday, August 13th at 12pm Central Time and will last about 30 minutes. It will take place over Zoom at this link or Meeting ID 972 9633 0154. The event passcode is 081320.  

Read more about Thomas Legendre here and watch past installments of the Fire Hydrant Reading Series here.

Teaching in the Wake of Racial Violence: A Conversation with Carol Anderson, Ayanna Thompson and Mako Ward

On behalf of ASU Humanities, Social Sciences, and Institute for Humanities Research, we invite you to attend this conversation with acclaimed historian Carol Anderson on Teaching in the Wake of Racial Violence. This event will take place on August 12 from 1-2:30 pm Arizona Time. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Anderson is a human and civil rights advocate, an expert on African American history and 20th century politics and the author of the critically-acclaimed “White Rage.” She will be interviewed by Ayanna Thompson, director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and professor in the ASU Department of English, and Mako Ward, faculty head and clinical assistant professor in the ASU School of Social Transformation. The interview will be followed by a Q&A session.

Don’t miss the chance to share in such a timely and insightful conversation! For more details about this event and its speakers visit the event page here and register here.

ASU Class of 2020 First Destination Survey

Congratulations to ASU’s Class of 2020! We are so proud of what you have accomplished!

If you are an ASU student graduating this May, we encourage you to take ASU’s First Destination Survey. The survey is for undergraduate and graduate students and everyone who completes the survey will be entered in a giveaway for the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card or an iPad.

The First Destination Survey is used to measure the effectiveness of
Arizona State University in preparing students for success after graduation. It collects a variety of data regarding a student’s post-graduation plans, such as if they have accepted a full-time position, are still looking for an opportunity, or are continuing their education.

Don’t miss out on the chance to win an Amazon gift card or an iPad! Take some time to complete the First Destination Survey today!

Survey link:

https://asu.joinhandshake.com/first_destination_surveys/2587

Survey close date:

October 10, 2020 (Six months after graduation)