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CGU Student-run poetry journal inaugurates with signature print edition

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

English students from the School of Arts and Humanities have released the first issue of Foothill: a journal of poetry. The publication, available in print and online, is dedicated exclusively to the poetry of graduate students across the United States.

Foothill: A journal of poetry logoThe journal will be published online quarterly, and have an annual print edition featuring the year’s best work.

Submissions are open year-round to any student who is enrolled in a graduate program in the United States.

“We hope Foothill will comprise a vital space for cultural and artistic exchange among a community of people who need to stick up for each other . . . where the hardest-working, unsung heroes of the future find—rather than discouragement—inspiration and support,” said Kevin Riel, editor-in-chief and CGU doctoral student.   

Recent alumni or current English program students of Claremont Graduate University comprise the editorial staff.

The idea for the project was formed last winter and realized with support from the School of Arts and Humanities.

While Foothill is not officially linked with the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards, it endeavors to act in their tradition.

“Like the Tufts Awards, Foothill aims to help poets along in transitional periods of their career.  While the Kate and Kingsley awards are focused on newly published and mid-career poets, Foothill hopes to support graduate students who are in the apprentice stage as artists, and help encourage them in their progression,” Riel said.

In addition to poetry, Foothill’s inaugural issues features art from CGU student Nick Shake, and an exclusive interview with former Kinglsey Tufts winner, B.H. Fairchild.

Select audio files of the newly published poets performing their work are available online.

To read the first issue, sign up for an online subscription, or learn about giving opportunities, visit www.cgu.edu/foothill.

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