Good storytelling, saving America

The light at the end of the tunnel is near.

It seems that when we sit down to talk about the detriment of society over the ages, “the media” comes up in conversation more than quite often. We talk about how mass broadcast entertainment tailors to the lowest denominator, burning brain cells around the country with every new reality TV series. And even though times are not necessarily coming to an end for all Jersey Shore-esque programs, the era of passive media consumption surely is.

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When Boeing decides to subsidize swine, will Southwest paint its purple over pink?

And what’s your destination if you board a Boar to get there? Does the pot-bellied aircraft soften turbulence?

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Doing Work, or how we began our weekend

Hey All-

We’re very excited about the opening of our reading period (September 15-December 15) for the 2011-2012 Print Edition of Mangrove, and we’re currently gearing up to send out some fliers, posters, and letters to Undergraduate programs around the country to help spread the word, start some buzz and what have you. Our AWESOME design staff is plugging away at getting something gorgeous put together, and the rest of us are hopped up on anticipation to start reading some excellent submissions.

In this week’s blog post, I’d like to propose a quick exercise to help get the ball rolling with your writing …

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The State of the Arts: Mangrove, Miami, and the Literary Beyond

One of the most exciting parts about working on Mangrove is that we are still so young and green. Getting together with the editors and the staff to talk about our plans and goals for the journal, I can’t help but get the tingling sense that what we’re doing now goes beyond now, and that what we’re trying to do as undergrads at UM goes beyond the university and our time here. Taking on the responsibility for the success of such a fledgling publication and project, nestled between the cracks of an institution so focused on business, science, and the art of making money, is definitely daunting. The alternative community at UM is small to be sure, and the literary community even smaller. Outside of school, the city of Miami mostly just bobs along the outskirts of the literary world. But if you look closely, there’s actually a life raft getting tossed about on our tiny waves, and on it a humble group dedicated to the survival and growth of the arts in this sunny city of ours.

As we prepare to open up submissions nationally, one of my missions as Associate Editor this year is to get Mangrove on the boat, to nudge us out into the waters and take a more active role in helping cultivate and promote a real literary arts community from within UM, out into the city of Miami, and beyond.

For my first post, I just want to briefly spotlight a few things that have been going on in the scene at UM and around Miami that I’m proud of and think are great and worth sharing with the world. We may be young, and we may be small, but we have lots of potential and the good weather on our side 🙂 Continue reading

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Welcome to Mangrove’s new blog!

To borrow a common bit of programming jargon that I read in a book once:

Hello World!

This is to be the official blog of Mangrove, the undergraduate literary journal of the University of Miami. Here you will find information about the journal’s deadlines, updates about what we’re up to during the year, and other fun goodies such as reviews, exercises, tracts on the state of contemporary poetry, etc., so I hope you’ll check back often!

Aside from a general welcome, I’d like to mention some of what’s going on with the journal as we enter yet another academic year:

I’m excited to announce that Mangrove is going national! That’s right! This year we’re opening up submissions to undergraduate students from around the country, and everyone on staff (myself included!) is excited to read and check out the best fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, and design our fellow undergraduates have to offer.

I’d also like to announce that this year our reading period for submission to be put in the 2011-2012 print journal will be from September 15 – December 15, 2011.

Finally, you can now follow Mangrove on our new Facebook page (Mangrove Literary Journal) and on Twitter (@mangrovejournal).

Best,

Daniel Elfanbaum, Editor in Chief

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