Amaranth: An Introduction

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On March 31st, 2016, at our second AWS reading of the semester, Amaranth will unveil its new logo.

As many of you know, Amaranth is the literary magazine published by the English Department and released annually each spring of the academic year.

Our goal is to promote the literary arts on and around campus and to highlight the talent and range of Lehigh students. Because Lehigh is primarily recognized as an elite, research university whose main focus is engineering, many in the college community might not realize our intense commitment to the literary arts. Amaranth strives to reflect the best original, creative work of our undergraduates. Its contents of poetry, fiction, drama, and artwork are determined solely by our undergraduate editorial staff; and we try to fill Amaranth‘s pages with innovative, stylistically-distinctive, thought-provoking pieces that are, in aggregate, mindful of diversity and which speak to the broad ranging sensibilities of our student body.

Above all, I think, Amaranth is a nurturing space both for confident student-writers who submit to the magazine regularly, but also for first-time poets and fiction writers, who perhaps have taken only a single introductory creative writing course and simply want to be a part of a larger community of artists. For that reason, alone, I would recommend that all Teaching Fellows mention Amaranth to their students and encourage them to submit work.

Our editorial staff is comprised of undergraduate students across all majors. We meet weekly and discuss the submissions we have received and accept those that impress us the most. Our taste tends to be eclectic, but mostly what the editors care about is quality. We try to pair accepted pieces with artwork, and then we draft the layout of the magazine, proofreading, copy-editing, and formatting along the way. During this process, the editorial staff also selects the very best submissions for the “Amaranth Prize(s)” in fiction, poetry, and art; and we highlight these winners as the featured pieces on the opening pages of the print edition. It’s a collaborative experience in which each student-editor has the opportunity to comment on every piece that we receive. And I’ve been quite pleased by the editorial staff’s level of dedication and the care they give each individual submission.

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The cover to our Spring 2015 issue. [Artwork by Carla Prieto]

It sounds clichéd, but I really think that Amaranth represents the heart of the University. Writing is the passion of so many students here on campus. And what better way to express that passion than to present work (in a safe, supportive environment) and receive recognition and validation for it by the campus community.

In addition to our print edition and burgeoning web presence, the Amaranth Writers Series reading events–which I would invite all graduate students to attend–are also invaluable to fostering the literary arts here at Lehigh. These are hosted by the Humanities Center, typically at noon on a Thursday, and we always try to offer lunch and refreshments. There is nothing quite like hearing a writer read from his or her own work. And the intimate, welcoming setting of the Humanities Center suits perfectly.

Our next event will be on Thursday, March 31st, from noon to 1:30 at the Humanities Center. We will have student writers (both undergraduate and graduate) reading their creative, original work. And at this particular event we will also unveil our new logo and branding of the magazine! (If any graduate student would like to sign up to read, feel free to contact me directly at rff212@lehigh.edu. Of course, all are always welcome to attend!)

Finally, if you have not already done so, please “like” us on our Facebook page (LU.Amaranth) and follow us on Twitter (LUamaranth) and Instagram (lu_amaranth). All other information can be found on our website.

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Jonathan Gonzalez reading a poem at the February 11, 2016 AWS reading event.

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