Water Stone Review  

    Summer 2012
    Water~Stone Review

    Good news and change on the horizon seem to be the order of the month at Water~Stone Review. The editorial board of the 15th Volume of Water~Stone has just finished with its final selections and the production season is underway. Executive Editor, Mary Rockcastle and Managing Editor, Meghan Maloney-Vinz now begin the process of layout and design in collaboration with the brilliant team at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s DesignWorks. This year’s student designer from MCAD is Lauren Thorson and we look forward to her design insight and photography curation.

    As the semester ended, it was revealed that some staffing changes are in store for the journal. Patricia Kirkpatrick and Barrie Jean Borich will be stepping down from their posts as Poetry Editor and CNF Editor respectively, each for different reasons, and their vacancies will be filled with Katrina Vandenberg and Patricia Weaver Francisco. For more on this story, and the incredible legacy both Patricia Kirkpatrick and Barrie Jean Borich leave behind at the journal, visit our website.

    And lastly, our offices recently received word that CWP (MFA) alum, former WSR fiction assistant editor, and multiple-time contributor, Mark Rapacz had his story “Bellwether” (Vol. 14) selected for reprint in The Best American NonRequired Reading 2012. This compilation is edited by David Eggers and is juried by a group of high school students. We couldn’t be happier for Mark, and we’re excited to see if any other nominations and prize mentions pop up over the summer. Excellent work is being published in WSR every year, and we’re very proud to be noticed.


  • Water~Stone Review Update Archives

    SPRING 2012

    Water~Stone Review has just opened the files on its fifteenth year, a milestone for any literary journal in this country, but perhaps especially for one whose very livelihood is tied so intimately to a larger academic institution. With all of the cuts and layoffs happening in the world of higher education, it is a true testament that good writing is still valued in our nation and that Hamline continues its support not only of the journal, but also of the class that supplies the masthead with its editorial board. The Water~Stone course itself, in all three of its incarnations (fiction, CNF, and poetry) is one of very few of its kind in the country. Here, graduate students have the opportunity to learn the critical discourse necessary to not only pass a manuscript into the archives of a nationally recognized literary journal, but more importantly how to discern what elements of their own work need critical attention in order to be worthy of a national marketplace.

    Our fifteen year history has produced over 140 Water~Stone alumni; a special group of Creative Writing Program students, who break from consciously working on their individual writing and instead collectively argue, select, and collaborate to create a publishable (and award-winning) product year after year. Water~Stone Review is a unique journal in the crowded horizon of lit mags, and the opportunity to be a part of its legacy is priceless.

    Upcoming Water~Stone Review events and happenings

    WSR Friendlies: Every fourth Tuesday of the month this semester current WS editorial board members meet at the WA Frost Lounge after class to debrief and catch up. Past board members are encouraged to attend. (This year’s friendlies are 2/28, 3/27, 4/24, 5/8)

    AWP: With many of our faculty editors on panels and a huge WSR and Hamline presence in Chicago, this year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference March 1-3 will once again be a very exciting place for Water~Stone. If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by the WSR/Hamline booth (511) and catch a drink with us at the Elephant and Castle (11 W. Adams) on Friday, March 2, 5-7.

    Great Twin Cities Poetry Read: In conjunction with Normandale Community College, Water~Stone Review and The Creative Writing Programs of Hamline University are hosting the 3rd Annual, Great Twin Cities Poetry Read featuring many, many local poets some of whom have graced the pages of WS over the past 15 years. There is usually an open mic portion of the night and great prizes too. The reading is Saturday, April 21, 7:00 pm at Kay Fredericks is free and open to the public.

    Water~Stone Fellows: Last year we began partnering with local HS creative writing classes to offer specific lessons to those students. We’d love to see the program grow. If you are a past or present member of the editorial board and are interested in teaching a lesson about creative writing, literary journals, etc. contact Managing Editor, Meghan Maloney-Vinz.

    Have you seen the lovely new WSR website? www.waterstonereview.com

    Spring 2011

    "Veteran's Day," by Sarah Gilbert has been named the winner of the 2011 Judith Kitchen Prize in Creative Nonfiction. "Signs of the Time," by Morgan Grayce Willow received an Honorable Mention. The final judge for the contest was Poe Ballantine, and both pieces will be published in WSR 14, slated for release in October 2011.

    Alberto Rios has been named as the final judge for the 2012 Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Dangerous Shirt (Copper Canyon Press, 2009); The Theater of Night (2007); The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body (2002), which was nominated for the National Book Award; and other collections and literary works.

    Congratulations to Poetry Editor Patricia Kirkpatrick for the inclusion of her poem, "At the Cafe," in She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems, edited by Caroline Kennedy and published by Voice/Hyperion.

    Read news about Fiction Editor Sheila O'Connor and Creative Nonfiction Editor Barrie Jean Borich in this issue of GLS Exchange.

    Fall 2010

    The Graduate School of Liberal Studies’ award-winning literary journal, Water~Stone Review, has released Volume 13, What We Have Become.

    The journal features outstanding work by writers such as Robert Bly, Mary Cappello, Jane Hirshfield, Adrian C. Louis, Brenda Miller, and Honor Moore. Volume 13 will also feature Ann Pancake's story, "Me and Daddy Listen to Bob Marley," winner of the Brenda Ueland Prize for Fiction.

    Water~Stone's Annual Publication Reading will take place on October 22 at 7:30 PM in Sundin Music Hall on the campus of Hamline University. The event is free and open to all.

    Submissions for Water~Stone Review, Vol. 14, are now being accepted (submission dates: October 1, 2010 - December 1, 2010). Visit www.waterstonereview.com for submission guidelines and details about the Judith Kitchen Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

    To find out more about Water~Stone Review events, contests, submission and subscription details, etc., find Water~Stone Review on Facebook, visit the website, or contact Managing Editor, Meghan Maloney-Vinz at mvinz01@hamline.edu.

    Spring/Summer 2010

    The Graduate School of Liberal Studies’ award-winning literary journal Water~Stone Review continues to impress the field and its readers with its commitment to beauty, dedication to craft, and consistent effort to publish the outstanding work of both established and emerging writers. After a very successful production (and collaboration with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s DesignWorks), the journal’s twelfth volume, In the Frame, was received with national accolades and applause this past fall. WSR #12 has collected eleven Pushcart nominations and is, as always, considered for many of the Best of American… anthologies.

    As of late spring 2010, Water~Stone Review has completed its reading period for the thirteenth installment of the literary annual. Faculty Editors Patricia Kirkpatrick (Poetry), Sheila O’Connor (Fiction), and Barrie Jean Borich (CNF), together with their graduate student editorial board members, spent the semester weeding through the thousands of submissions for the lucky few to be published in the upcoming issue. Additionally, Ann Pancake's short story, "Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley," has been selected as the winner of the Brenda Ueland Prize in Fiction by judge Dan Chaon and will appear in WSR #13.

    The staff of Water~Stone Review is happy to announce its first ever prize in creative non-fiction. Named for the journal's long-time CNF reviewer, champion of the genre, and friend, the Judith Kitchen Prize in Creative Nonfiction will be the third in a rotating cycle of genre-specific prizes. Submissions will be accepted from October 1, 2010 - December 1, 2010, with Poe Ballantine serving as the final judge. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in WSR #14.

    To find out more about Water~Stone Review events, contests, submission and subscription details, etc., find Water~Stone Review on Facebook, visit the website, or contact Managing Editor, Meghan Maloney-Vinz at mvinz01@hamline.edu.

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