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Meet the New Managing Editors

Natalie Hayes (left) and Nicole Callahan (right)

A new school year means new managing editors for Gandy Dancer! Natalie Hayes and Nicole Callahan interview each other and offer readers some insight into what the year will bring.

Nicole Interviewing Natalie: 

What are you looking forward to the most working as Managing Editor for GD? 

My ultimate goal in life is to publish my own work, and I’d bet that getting a look at the behind-the-scenes of the editing world will be beneficial in my own future endeavors (which feels especially necessary right now, as I’m quickly approaching my graduation). And, hey, maybe I’ll fall in love with editing in its own right! On another note, I’m super duper excited to read all of the submissions. I can’t wait to see what fantastic work my peers have to offer.

 

I know that you prefer to work with poetry, what calls to you about that form? 

I think what draws me to poetry the most is its closeness, at least in my own process, to visual art. The poem is messy and feels unstructured in a way that prose, for me, just doesn’t. This life is a messy one and thus I feel most enabled to communicate and explore it within an uninhabited, lawless form. This is all to say that I am tremendously intimidated by prose; I lack the patience for arcs or development and prefer the quick punches and jabs of poetry.

 

What are you looking forward to about becoming an editor? 

Mostly learning! Editing is uncharted territory for me. As such, it’s kind of difficult to anticipate what I might like or dislike about it. All in all, though, I’m looking forward to exploring—I’m certain editing has something to offer me, and I am very much looking forward to finding out what exactly that is. 

 

What helps you find your creative inspiration? 

My poems and my work, in general, are very much about the little things that strike me in my daily life—the bits and pieces of magic I often find in interacting with this world. One of my favorite instances of this was when a crawfish literally fell into my front yard, presumably having been picked up from the Hudson River by a bird. This inspired me to write a poem which, funnily enough, was then published in Gandy Dancer! Moments like that one, or like cherry blossoms blowing into my car window, or like finding a snail on my finger while hiking, are the reason that I write. I find magic in my life and it feels selfish to keep it all to myself.

 

What is your favorite punctuation? 

This is the hardest question so far. Punctuation is something I play with quite a lot in my own work, so I honestly have some attachment to a lot of them. If I had to pick just one, though, I think it might be a plus sign. It’s visually strong and really striking, and it feels like a reclamation of sorts, given the many years I spent struggling through math class. 

 

Natalie Interviewing Nicole

What are you looking forward to the most working as Managing Editor for GD?

When I took the editing and production workshop in which we create Gandy Dancer last fall my favorite part of the class was definitely the collaborative nature of the selection process. I’m in the English literature concentration because I love analyzing works and dissecting their strengths and weaknesses, as well as seeing where other people find value in a piece. I think as managing editor I am most excited to have even more of those collaborative moments, with you, with faculty like Professor Hall and Allison Brown, and with our section heads. I want to have a more active hand in those conversations. 

 

I know that you prefer to work with fiction. Why? 

I think there are several things that fiction does that I’ve always loved. For me, a story is only as good as its characters. I love it when you can really feel a character, like when a line leaps off the page with humanity, when you can see them like they’re living beside you. I also think though that prose can be illuminated by an understanding of poetry. When the prose is lyrical without being purple, and you feel like the story is flowing naturally. That’s when a story stays with you, and that’s what I love the most. 

 

What’s been your most formative editing experience?

I actually wrote a blog post last fall about my experience as an editor of my high school’s literary magazine. It was a chaotic experience, but the product was always something I felt good about. That was my first real experience with editing, and it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be here without that experience. I had another really shaping experience last year with Mint Magazine, which is another literary magazine on campus. We accidentally printed dozens of copies of the magazine with a critical error and had to hold distribution until we could print a fixed version. That experience was a pretty poignant lesson on Murphy’s law.

 

What helps you find your creative inspiration? 

Getting in a creative mood can be sparked by lots of different things, but my most reliable inspiration is always reading other people’s work. When I’m in a class sometimes I’ll have a page of notes littered by writing ideas, either specific lines or basic concepts. My writing is never too derivative from the works that inspire it, though, normally it’s just one thought leads to the next. 

 

What is your favorite punctuation? 

I love a good em dash. I think there’s something so realistic about interruptions in our thoughts, conversation detours, and cutting people off. In fact I—

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Following the Golden Thread to Cats in a Bag: An Interview with Poet, Adjunct Professor, & Geneseo Alum Albert Abonado

Posted by Joohee Park, GD Poetry Reader for issue 6.1

College is often described as the time to take risks and step outside our comfort zones and usual circles, but it is also a time of burgeoning anxiety about the looming, unpredictable future.

Confronted with the question of what to do with our lives, we may wonder how to trust our own instincts. Often, this uncertainty can manifest itself in one’s writing as self-editing, self-censoring even before one has confronted the page. In this interview, I pose some questions or anxieties we may have as budding writers and participants in the literary world in the context of poetry. Continue reading

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National Book Review Month: An Interview with Heather Molzon

Posted by Grace Rowan, GD Creative Non-Fiction Reader for 6.2 

During the month of February, love is in the air. At SUNY Geneseo, the love of books and the art of reviewing is celebrated through the English Department’s third annual National Book Review Month (NaRMo). Readers can submit reviews of their favorite books to the NaRMo website: www.narmo.milne-library.org. The website provides five easy steps to writing a book review and how to submit the review once completed. NaRMo is accepting reviews from a variety of genres including Children’s Books, Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

To learn more about NaRMo and why book reviews are a great asset to not only the Geneseo literary community, but also the campus community, I interviewed the Coordinator and Student Chair of NaRMo here at SUNY Geneseo, Heather Molzon. Heather Molzon is a senior Creative Writing major with a Communication minor. Continue reading

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A Kind of Book Review of Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Posted by Frank Bruno, Fiction Reader for issue 6.1

In May of 2016 Ocean Vuong’s first full length collection of poetry, Night Sky With Exit Wounds was released by Copper Canyon Press. The book has since received swaths of rave reviews and a number of prestigious awards including the Whiting Award, the Forward Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award. Despite the relative media buzz created by the book, it only came to me a year after its initial release when my friend read me the poem “Thanksgiving 2006.” I started reading my own copy this past June and finished it last week. Continue reading

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Introducing Gandy Dancer 6.1 Section Heads

Posted by Merrin Sardi, Fiction Reader for issue 6.1

We are already half way through the semester but it’s never too late to meet the new section heads! Below, each editor explains what prompted them to sign on as a section head this semester, and tells us what they are hoping to encounter in our submission pile. Perhaps their views will inspire you to submit a piece or two to the literary magazine. Our deadline has been extended until 10/22. Continue reading

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Interview with Gandy Dancer 5.2 Featured Artist: Ashley Lester

Posted by Noah Mazer, GD Art Editor, and Poetry Reader

We are pleased to announce the selection of Ashley Lester as Featured Artist for issue 5.2 of Gandy Dance. Among the many works submitted, the Art reviewers for this issue were particularly struck by Lester’s submissions, which were the only ones that utilized collage as their medium. We were so impressed by Lester’s art, in fact, that we reached out and asked her to submit more pieces so that she could be included as Featured Artist. Here, Lester offers insight into what influences her artwork: Continue reading

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Meet the New Editors for Gandy Dancer 5.2

Posted by Jeanna Foti, GD Fiction Reader for 5.2

With a new semester, comes a brand new issue of Gandy Dancer! As the submission deadline approaches, this semester’s new group of editors is eager to dive in and get started on issue 5.2. In the meantime, I’ve asked the new section heads a couple of questions in order to properly introduce them to our readers. This semester, we have two creative non-fiction co-editors, Josh DeJoy and Meghan Fellows. We have Jackie Shost as our fiction editor, Kallie Swyer as our poetry editor, and Noah Mazer as our art editor. Continue reading

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National Book Review Month: An Interview with Dr. Lytton Smith

Posted by Grace Rowan, GD Non-Fiction Reader for 5.2

When most people think of the month of February, events such as Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and President’s Day come to mind. What you may not know is that February is also National Book Review Month. Here at SUNY Geneseo, we are celebrating books of all genres through the English Department’s second annual National Book Review Month (NaRMo). Readers can submit reviews of their favorite books to the NaRMo website: www.narmo.milne-library.org. The website provides five easy steps to writing a book review and how to submit the review once completed. NaRMo is accepting reviews from a variety of genres including Children’s Books, Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. Continue reading

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“How to Poem”: An Interview with Gandy Dancer Contributor Ashley Olin

Posted by Rachel Powers, GD Poetry Reader for 5.1

 

Ashley Olin - Poem

From Miley Cyrus to “Wikipedia-ing,” Gandy Dancer’s former contributor discusses the writing process behind her poems.

We are excited for the chance to visit with former Gandy Dancer 3.1 contributor, Ashley Olin. Although Ashley no longer travels across Geneseo’s college green to get to poetry workshops, her time as an undergraduate student at SUNY Geneseo has shaped her unique writing process. From surfing Wikipedia to finding inspiration in pop culture, Ashley shares some sources of inspiration for her poems. Continue reading

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Gandy Dancer Proudly Presents… Your 5.1 Managing Editors

Posted by Erin Carlo, GD Public Relations Manager and Fiction Reader for 5.1

Gandy Dancer 5.1 managing editors, Evan Goldstein & Oliver Diaz

Gandy Dancer 5.1 managing editors, Evan Goldstein & Oliver Diaz

First and foremost, we would like to welcome our readers and contributors to the fifth anniversary edition of Gandy Dancer!  We are delighted to welcome an entirely new cast of submission readers who are eager to discover what it means to produce a journal as well as gain new perspectives on literary journalism.  The start of the new semester also brings a brand new dynamic duo who will take the stage as Gandy Dancers managing editors.

 

I had the opportunity to ask our newest managing editors, Evan Goldstein and Oliver Diaz, a few questions about themselves and their new roles as managing editors, and I am pleased to share their responses with you.

When did you first hear about Gandy Dancer?

Oliver: First semester sophomore year. My sister was a senior taking the Editing and Production workshop, in which Gandy Dancer is produced, and she introduced me to the journal, told me about the process, and that it might be a good idea to submit to it.

Evan: I first heard about Gandy during my freshman year, when I was in the intro to creative writing class. I was thinking of applying to the creative writing track, and I wanted to look at Gandy to see what kind of writing I should aim for. I think I looked at issue 2.1, the one with the photo of the guy in the forest as the cover. I remember I was impressed and scared by the poetry, and I wanted so badly to be able to express myself on that level. Continue reading

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