submit work to thread, the undergrad literary magazine at USF

thread, USF’s undergraduate literary journal, is now accepting submissions for the new edition.

All submissions must be in by December 3.

Send all submissions to: Please include your name, e-mail, phone number, year and each work’s category. You may submit to multiple categories. No hard copies will be accepted.

Categories and Limits:

* Literary Criticism – max. 15 pages
* Short Fiction – max. 15 pages
* Poetry – max. 5 pages each, 6 poems total
* Creative Non-fiction – max.15 pages
* Screenplay – max. 15 pages or 1 act
* Microfiction – max. 500 words

You can find this information and more at our new website. We’ve also uploaded videos from the showcase event.

Also, look out for updates with information regarding an event in November.

Thread Editors

October 31, 2010. Uncategorized. No Comments.

literary events in the Tampa area

Friday, October 22–Dead Poets Slam–7-9pm, Mitchell’s Coffeehous (129 S. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL)–We would love to have you come out and listen to awesome poets performing awesome poetry by awesome dead poets OR read your favorite poems by dead poets. For more info on performing at the slam FB message us or email:

Saturday, October 23–St. Pete Festival of Reading, 10am-4pm, Free Admission (includes author Ira Sukrungruang, 11:30-12:15)

Monday, October 25–USF’s English Graduate Student Association Colloquium, which will include readings and paper discussions. 12-5pm, Grace Allen Room, USF.
Misfits, Margins, and Monsters (please note all panels include creative and critical work)
Panel 1: The Gothic, the Evil, and the Dead, 12-1 pm
Panel 2: Societal Misfits, 1:15-2:15pm
Break: 2:15 to 2:45 pm
Panel 3: Poetry and Suicide on the Margins, 2:45-3:45pm
Panel 4: Gendered Monsters, 4-5pm

October 22, 2010. Uncategorized. No Comments.

Readings in the Tampa area in the next 7 days

Tuesday, October 12–Alan Shaw, Claire Stephens, Kimberly Karalius, and Zachary Lundgren, USF MFA students, at Bangkok Jazz Restaurant (6840 East Fowler Ave), 7-9pm.

Tuesday, October 12–Read-a-Bull Open Mike Night, presented by USF’s Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, at Cafe Kili, 8-10pm. Bring your best poetry, short fiction, or short nonfiction, or just come to listen and have fun.

Wednesday, October 13–Latin American Writers in the US–Diego Trelles Paz, Naief Yehya, Pablo Brescia–Panel discussion at 4pm in the Grace Allen Room (USF Library 4th Floor); Reception at 6pm, fiction readings at 6:30pm at the USF Graphic Studio.

Thursday, October 14–Poetry Slam, Spoken Word performance poetry, MSC 4013, 9pm. Winner gets cash prize!

Monday, October 18–Ira Sukrungruang, author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, at the University of Tampa, 7pm, Reeves Theatre in the Vaughn Center, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606

Thursday, October 21–thread, the undergraduate literary magazine of USF, sponsors Reading is Sexy, featuring graduate and undergraduate student writers, discussion of submitting your work, and more. MSC 27008, 6:30pm.

October 11, 2010. Uncategorized. No Comments.

Why write poetry?

There’s a really interesting article in the new Writer’s Chronicle (Oct/Nov 2010). I haven’t had a chance yet to read it all, but here are a couple of things the writer, Frederick Smock, says early on that resonated with me:

“…asking students to find ‘the hidden meaning’ [of a poem] tells them, straight off, that whatever they felt upon reading the poem must have been wrong–because it was not hidden!”

“If the modern industrialized, digitalized world seems to diminish the value of the individual, then art may well be the last refuge of the humanized soul. ‘When we are told in dozens of insidious ways that our lives don’t matter, we may be forced to insist, often far too loudly, that they do,’ the poet Richard Hugo wrote, in The Triggering Town. ‘A creative writing class may be one of the last places you can go where your life still matters.’”

“‘Poetry’s work,’ wrote the poet and Zen adept Jane Hirschfield, in Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, ‘is the clarification and magnification of being. Here, as elsewhere in life, attentiveness only deepens what it regards.’ When that regard is turned to the self, salvation can happen.”

October 1, 2010. Uncategorized. No Comments.