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New online literary journal mixes ‘collaboration, conversation, community’

The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline launched an online literary publication called Runestone, featuring fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by undergraduate students nationwide.

Students enrolled in the class Introduction to Literary Publishing: Runestone put together the journal, which will be published annually. The class includes a faculty editor, associate editors who are MFA students, and an undergraduate student editorial board.

This collaboration creates a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to get practical experience and mentorship from graduate students, who, in turn, gain teaching experience.

“We wanted a chance for our undergraduates to enter a national conversation with their peers about literature, art, and publishing,” says executive editor Katrina Vadenberg.

“The growth is intense and the discussions are intense, and it’s wonderful to watch what happens to them over the course of the semester.”

—Mackenzie Bledsoe ’16