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Gandy Dancer 4.1 Preview!

Posted by Alanna Kaplan, Nonfiction Reader for Issue 4.1

Attention all lovers of fiction, creative non­fiction, art, and poetry! After months of hard work, deliberations and debates, Gandy Dancer 4.1 is finally here and ready. The copies you can’t wait to get your hands on are now available on Amazon and will be at our upcoming launch party, December 18th from 1 to3 PM in Geneseo’s Hunt Room.


A sneak peak at the 4.1 cover!

We had a plethora of incredible pieces to choose from this year, with the poetry readers in particular grappling with an influx of poems (who said poetry was dead?) and we are incredibly proud to share the finished product. Readers will find pieces that speak to them individually, with some employing sharp introspection, others engaging in deep historical connections and all possessing a unique edge and fresh take on life’s greatest pleasures and pains.

Our Featured Artist this semester is Thomas John Magnus, whose photography forces its viewer to take pause in the richness of color, contrast, and distinctive angles. In one photo in particular, “Untitled,” we see Main Street’s own Livingston County Appliance. While many Geneseo students have walked past the shop many times, the way Magnus captures the scene leaves viewers wondering how we could have missed its true beauty.

Another piece that begs the reader to question whether they have fully appreciated an oft ignored beauty is the non­fiction piece “Hermit” by Kira Gregory, full of images of nature that force us into feeling as though we are walking right alongside her as she treks through the woods.

Should we need a break from reality, the short story “Bones” by Allison Giese is a promising cure, with narration and a slow build­up to a crushing climax that leaves readers on the edge of their seat. Giese’s use of setting is so convincing, the story feels real and vivid.

While our issue is incredibly diverse, with submissions from SUNY campuses throughout New York State including Fredonia, PolyTechnic, New Paltz, Geneseo, MCC, CCC, Stony Brook, Brockport, and Oswego, the journal builds bridges between art, poetry, non­fiction and fiction. We hope that readers will be as awestruck by these literary offerings as we were when choosing them and placing them within Gandy Dancer 4.1.


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An Inside Perspective: What Our Editors Look For

Posted by Jenna Colozza, Media Specialist and Fiction Reader for Issue 4.1

Today marks one week until Gandy Dancer’s Fall submission deadline on October 1. One of the unique qualities of Gandy Dancer is its ever-changing staff—each issue has a whole new crew of readers and editors, all with different perspectives on the literature and art they love. I spoke with Issue 4.1’s genre editors to find out what they look for in a piece of writing. Read on for an inside perspective on what the Gandy editors hope to read and publish this season:

Sarah HopkinsSarah Hopkins, Fiction Editor, hopes for stories with sharp focus. She says, “For fiction, we are looking for pieces that are engaging, immersive, and character driven. We like to read pieces that have a sense of time and place, pieces that try something new and succeed. A short fiction submission should have an organic voice and precise language. Make us laugh, make us cry, but most importantly, make us interested.”

EvanFrom our Poetry Editor, Evan Goldstein: “As for poetry, we would like to feature original, finished poetry, detailed in its nature and broad in its reach, with vivid imagery, and themes based in the particular and personal experience, but expanding beyond as well. We’re looking for poetry that is unafraid, searching, evocative or narrative—poetry that speaks loudly or whispers, speaks clearly or in many voices, and does all with sincerity. We encourage you to send us experimental, non-traditional poetry, to push the limits of the form or break it up completely, but we could never turn down a good villanelle or pantoum—as long as form is not more than an extension of content.”

Erin Duffy4.1’s Creative Nonfiction Editor, Erin Duffy, says, “What I look for in a CNF essay is honesty, personality, and above all, freshness. A truly successful CNF piece takes the everyday and infuses it with evocative language and originality. We look for writing that is able to transcend the page and leave a lasting impact on the reader’s heart or mind. As the saying goes, life is stranger than fiction.”

HermanOur Art Editor, Alex Herman, says, We’re looking for art that’s not only original and pleasing to the eyes, but also evokes a deeper thinking from the reader. Photography is, of course, always popular, but we also love (pictures of) other art media like paintings, sketches, and sculptures. SUNY’s artistic talent is limitless, and we try to reflect as much in Gandy Dancer.”

There you have it—an inside look on the minds of our editors. Well be awaiting your submissions!

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Meet Our New 4.1 Managing Editors!

It’s that time of year again: Gandy Dancer welcomes a new cast of characters. This semester’s managing editors, Lea Karnath and Keara Hagerty, sat down (virtually) to interview one another before embarking on this journey together.

We’ll start with Keara:

What got you interested/involved in working with Gandy Dancer?
After taking my first workshops at Geneseo, I decided that I wanted to experience literature and creative writing from another view. After working as a fiction editor for Gandy Dancer during my sophomore year, I saw what it takes to produce a literary journal, and I became really interested in the world of publishing. Last year, I had the honor of having a fiction piece of mine published in the journal, and I can’t wait to take on more responsibility as a managing editor this year.

Keara & Lea!

Keara & Lea!

What are you most looking forward to in the coming semester?
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on all of the new work! It’s always incredibly exciting to see the talent from all over the SUNY system. This is definitely the fun part of the job. Continue reading

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