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Literature, Art Journal Celebrates 40th Issue
The retrospective's cover features a detail of SOA faculty member Kara Walker's "The Emancipation Approximation."

COLUMBIA : A Journal of Literature & Art is celebrating its 40th issue with a retrospective highlighting the best of the more than 1,000 poems, essays, short stories, nonfiction essays and art it has published since its inception in 1977. The biannual journal is edited, designed and produced by School of the Arts students, though it does not publish pieces written by students.

The journal features work from established and emerging writers. Over the years it has included work by National Book Award-winners and Nobel laureates as well as Tom Perrotta's first short story, early poems by Alicia Ostriker, Suji Kwock Kim and others.

Highlights of the 40th edition include poetry by Lucille Clifton, Donald Hall and Karen Volkman; fiction by Raymond Carver, Ha Jin and Jonathan Lethem; and nonfiction by Phillip Lopate and Lorrie Moore. The retrospective's cover features a detail of Kara Walker's "The Emancipation Approximation." Walker is a professor in the Visual Arts Division of the School of the Arts, and her work focuses on the antebellum South, using silhouettes to portray iconographic imagery in unusual contexts.

"An invaluable training-ground for future editors and curators, COLUMBIA has earned a strong reputation among writers and readers during its first 40 issues, and is looking forward to another 40 and beyond of publishing engaging writing," says Lytton Smith, SOA'06 and editor-in-chief.

The journal is distributed nationally and is available at retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Borders.

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Published: Dec 09, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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