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Lycoming journal of student literature publishes latest issue

The Tributary, Lycoming College’s annually published literary journal, recently published its 2020 issue. This year, the professionally bound journal features prose, poetry and art from more than 20 different Lycoming students. In addition to featuring multitudes of student publication and artwork, the journal itself is also run entirely by students, with minimal supervision by G.W. Hawkes, professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

For the 2020 issue, Sam Rutan ’21, creative writing major, of South Williamsport, served as the managing and layout editor, while Catherine Carmody ’20, of Harleysville, and Megan Friedline ’20, of Boswell, served as the prose editors. Boone Jenkins ’20, psychology major, of Williamsport, and Samuel Novoa ’20, of Byram Township, New Jersey, jointly acted as the poetry editors, and Rebekah Groff ’21, of Reading, served as the art editor. Any work submitted by the staff was reviewed by the other members.

“We got a lot of great submissions, and I speak for my staff when I say we had a tough time deciding what made the cut and what didn’t,” Rutan said. “Overall, I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

The Tributary also awards prizes to the top submissions in prose and poetry, decided on by the faculty, and art, decided on by the publication’s staff. This year, the prize for prose will go to Allison Lax ’21, creative writing major, of Williamsport, for “Bells in the Smoke.” The prize for poetry will go to Novoa for “My Father’s Hands: An Album.” The prize for art will go to Hope Nemceff ’20, of Phoenixville, for “Dream.”

“The Tributary, now in business for 30 years, is the one place for our students to share their creative endeavors — fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photography, art — entirely run by students,” Hawkes said.

Run by students, The Tributary features student writing and art, and those who serve as its staff learn crucial lessons about deadlines and dividing quality from friendship; the experience provides important opportunities for those going on to graduate school and teaching careers. Graduating creative writing majors often keep literary journal as a marker of their formative years. The James and Emily Douthat Endowed Fund for Student Publications underwrites the publication of this journal.

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