Creative Writing M.F.A. Student Launches Literary Magazine

Black Moon Magazine
Photo Submitted

Black Moon Magazine

Samantha Campbell, a first-year M.F.A. student in fiction writing in the U of A Program in Creative Writing and Translation in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has co-founded Black Moon Magazine, an online literary arts journal featuring fiction and poetry.

According to its mission statement, Black Moon Magazine "dedicates itself to the discovered intersections of mixed-medium, art, and diversity."

The magazine's name refers to a phenomena that occurs every 19 years in which a calendar month passes without a full moon.

Of the project Campbell noted, "Founding and starting a literary journal during my first semester of the program was a challenge, but I was (and still am) full of excitement … I feel like that excitement gave me the extra boost of energy I needed to keep working on the magazine after I was finished with teaching, class, and my own writing every day."

Campbell and co-founder Matthew Gilbert launched the inaugural issue via Zoom recently. Contributors read excerpts of their works and then participated in a Q&A session, discussing the writing process, influences in media and genre, and the power of creative to bring together people from across the world in a time of social distancing.

"While I wouldn't say it was easy, I will say that anytime you are working on something that you love and have a deep passion for, it's always enjoyable and worth it," Campbell said.

Submissions for the magazine's second issue are open, and can be sent to blackmoonmageditors@gmail.com.

Contacts

Jane Blunschi, assistant director, Program in Creative Writing and Translation
Department of English
479-575-4301, mfa@uark.edu

Headlines

Biomedical Engineering Post-Doctoral Fellow receives AHA Fellowship

Asya Ozkizilcik, a Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has received an American Heart Association fellowship.

Anniversary of Atlanta Shooting Recognized With Musical Tribute

In collaboration with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, U of A's Asian Pacific Americans Employee Impact Group and Ensemble HanSori pay musical tribute and remembrance through a video.

U of A Student Selected to Speak at University of Notre Dame Peace Conference

Megan Rodgers, an International and Global Studies student at the U of A, has been selected to present at the 2021 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, April 15-17.

English Professor's Co-Edited Collection Named 2020 Foreword INDIES Book of Year Finalist

Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson McCullers has been recognized as a Finalist in the 23rd annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the category of Women's Studies. Casey Kayser, assistant professor of English, co-edited the collection.

Heard and Dismuke Win 2021 Board of Advocates Negotiations Competition

Second-year law students Collin Heard and Donta Dismuke won the final round of Board of Advocates Negotiations Competition held on April 9 via Zoom.

News Daily