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Why Don’t People Submit?: The Fear of Rejection

Posted by Cassidy Brighton, GD Creative Nonfiction Reader for 5.1

After intense publicity, and posters tacked to every corkboard on campus, emails sent to every English department across every SUNY, and personal texts, emails, tweets and more to promote the journal, you’d think the submissions would be flowing into Gandy Dancer. This is the first semester that I’ve worked behind the scenes on the creation of Gandy Dancer, but it’s obviously not the first time I’ve heard of the journal. For years now, I’ve been seeing and hearing the promotions for Gandy Dancer, but why haven’t I ever found myself drawn to the Submittable page before? Now that I have a new relationship with the magazine, I wonder what stopped me from submitting my work in the past and if the same thing is stopping other writers. Continue reading

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Launching Gandy Dancer’s Newest Issue

Posted by Holly Gilbert, fiction reader for issue 4.2

In Managing Editors Courtney and Christie’s introduction to issue 4.2 of Gandy Dancer, they contemplate all we have to celebrate, from the joy of reading works from fellow SUNY students to our ever-expanding knowledge and appreciation for literature and art in all forms. On the morning of May 11th, friends of Gandy Dancer took this message of celebration to heart by joining us in launching our newest issue.

The Hunt Room in the MacVittie College Union was abuzz with conversation as staff members, contributors, family, and friends trickled in for the party. Attendees were greeted with steaming trays of bacon and eggs and silver platters of pastries, free pins and pencils, and the chance to nab their very own Gandy Dancer tote bag (all the better for sneaking those leftover pastries back home). The main attraction, of course, were the gorgeous print copies of Gandy Dancer issue 4.2; eager readers were already delving into its pages.

We were graced with readings from many of our contributors as this issue’s stunning visual art pieces were projected in the front of the room. The poetry was fascinating to hear in each author’s voice, and emphasized how differently a piece can be approached by each reader. Excerpts from “Frontierland,” “Amorphous Children,” and “Sonder” also drew partygoers in, showcasing the strengths of our variety of fiction and creative nonfiction selections. We offer gratitude to those contributors who could share with us at the launch party, and lament only that there were so many more pieces we wish we could have heard.

Our gathering was filled with people proudly donning their Gandy Dancer tees and pins, enjoying the warmth of both coffee and company, and, best of all, celebrating the literary accomplishments of students throughout the greater SUNY system. We urge you to explore our newest issue of Gandy Dancer (you can purchase your very own print copy to hold, love, and cry into!) and share in this celebration with us, even if you had to miss out on the festivities. Scramble up some of your own eggs, crack open your brand new copy of Gandy Dancer issue 4.2, and know that by immersing yourself in the talent of our contributors, you are partying with us in spirit.


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A Brief Reflection

Posted by Kyle Frink, Poetry reader for issue 4.2

Now that the final publishing of Gandy Dancer 4.2 is coming to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to find out a little about the published authors’ thoughts and feelings. I had the privilege of asking a couple questions to authors currently published in Gandy Dancer. Mainly concerned with how it felt to be published, I asked Sarah Steil ’17, and Sarah Simon ’17 (both from Geneseo) about their first reactions to being published and to reflect on their writing process. I found the responses differ a widely between each person. Sarah Steil said of being published, “I mean it’s really exciting, right? Like that means a group of people read something I wrote and thought it was meaningful in some way.” However, Sarah feels like now that her piece is out in the world, she doesn’t have another chance to fix or change it. “It’s exciting to see your name in print, but you never get feedback for it so I just hope someone reads it.” Knowing Sarah personally, it is quite plain to see how hard on herself she can be. While Sarah’s story, “Flickering,” is fiction, she prefers to write nonfiction. “I feel like writing nonfiction is more satisfying, because when I finish a piece it’s exciting because it’s done, but also satisfying because I’ve figured something out through writing it.” Sarah uses nonfiction to put the complex and ever-changing puzzle pieces of her life together in a way she can understand.

We had a very interesting piece of poetry come through our submissions list, one that at first caused wrinkled brows and took some time to discuss. This poetry submission included images as well as a sporadic change in format. Sarah Simon’s “Cingulum” was accepted into the latest edition, providing a unique perspective on depression. She says “‘Cingulum,’ the poem I submitted, is personal. It discusses and plays with the idea of clinical depression. The imagery and literal images (photos are part of it) expound on these ideas, which often halt me my in my tracks yet keep me going. If that poem was chosen, maybe it stopped someone for a little while too, and in a way that makes you realize that you must keep going.” Sarah Simon looks forward to the Gandy Dancer launch part on May 11th at 9:00 AM in the College Union Hunt Room. “I was so pumped to hear about getting published; I know the editors really consider submissions… I’m planning on reading my poem there. I hope to have a similar effect on the audience at the launch party, using my voice and material.”

We are delighted and very satisfied with the finished product and are looking forward to the launch party to debut the 4.2 edition!


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