Posted by Erin Carlo, GD Public Relations Manager and Fiction Reader for 5.1
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 Dancer‘s 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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Have no fear, your new managing editors are here! As the spring semester murmurs to life and the windy Geneseo weather welcomes us all back it’s time for your new managing editors, Courtney and Christy (C2), to sit down with some coffee and ask each other the questions that matter:
Let’s get this party started:
The Dream Team: Ready for Action!
How did you first get involved with Gandy Dancer?
Courtney: One of my friends recommended the class to me, actually. I was looking at courses for junior year and wanted to know more about it. My friend was in the class at the time and told me about how it was a really hands-on class where you got to put together a literary magazine full of prose, poetry, and visual art from students all across the SUNY system. The publishing industry is so multifaceted and is something that has always intrigued me as well so I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did though because I fell in love with everything about Gandy Dancer (GD) and kept coming back to it. As an avid reader and writer, being involved in this class has exposed me to so many fascinating aspects of the literary world that I never knew about before GD.
Christy: In the middle of my junior year I was perusing the course list on KnightWeb in a sleep-deprived-registration-is-tomorrow-morning-frenzy when I happened upon this gem of a class. I, somewhat nervously mostly excitedly, decided to sign up and I’m so glad that I did because it ended up being an incredible experience. At the start of the class I knew virtually nothing about literary magazines, literary magazine culture, or how they functioned and survived. It was, not to quote Aladdin, a whole new world! Not only did it widen my horizons within the creative writing/literary universe but also getting to read through and edit submissions from other young writers really helped me to grow as a writer and as a poet. I’m so excited to be back! Continue reading
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!
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