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CAIRN 49 and Gravity Hill X

Laurinburg, NC - St. Andrews University is pleased to announce the recent publication of the 2014 editions of Gravity Hill and CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review.

Andrew Primeau, an English and Creative Writing major from St. Catharines, Ontario, was selected as student editor for the student publication, Gravity Hill X.

“Andrew has been active in all aspects of his English program in the past, having published work in previous editions of Gravity Hill as well as having served as host for The Writers’ Forum,” said Dr. Ted Wojtasik, who serves as advisor for the publication.

A 2014 graduate, Primeau has a specific vision for the 10th edition of the student literary journal.

“I attempted to create an edition of Gravity Hill that had a basic rhythm so that each poem compliments the next piece that follows it,” he said.

Gravity Hill X expanded to include more student artwork.

“I decided to include quite a bit of artwork as well in this edition because it serves as a nice break in the middle of the book and away from some of the serious content and acts as a relief to the reader,” Primeau said.

While he enjoyed being editor, Primeau faced several challenges.

“I was able to gain a new appreciation of the struggle that editors go through in deciding what to include and exclude,” he said. “There were some poems that were beautiful in their language but were excluded because they did not fit into any of the themes I attempted to convey.”

It is a challenge that Caitlin Johnson faced in serving as managing editor for the 49th edition of CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review.

“This year’s issue features 24 writers, including poets, fictionists, and reviewers,” said Johnson. “This year’s featured writers are former St. Andrews professor Thomas Heffernan, Pushcart Prize nominee Jennifer LeBlanc, St. Andrews College Press author Simon Perchik, CAIRN favorite Donna Pucciani, and first-time contributor Sarah Stickney, as well as Jeffrey C. Alfier, Jack Granath, and Mike James.”

The publication’s cover art is by Edward Cao, and is a work entitled “Remains IV (Human Skull).” CAIRN 49 also includes reviews of two books of poetry: Peter McNamara’s Orbits’ Crossing and Benjamin Myers’ Lapse Americana.

“McNamara is a longtime friend of St. Andrews College Press, and Myers is an up-and-coming poet from Oklahoma,” Johnson said.

Although it is a national literary journal, CAIRN 49 includes the writing of several St. Andrews alumni, such as Beth Copeland, John Williamson, and Johnson.

Both Gravity Hill X and CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review 49 are available for purchase through the St. Andrews Press. Place your order by calling 910-277-5310 or emailing press@sapc.edu.

 

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