What is FishHook? Discover USI’s collaborative student publication – The Shield

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Denise McKenzie reads Fishhook Volume 10, the most recent volume, on the balcony of the Liberal Arts Center. This is McKenzie’s first year as an editor for FishHook. (Photo by Sydney Lawson)

Inspired by the writings of Jason Reynolds, I wrote a poem for an elementary school class last semester. I couldn’t decide if I was embarrassed or proud of it I think I opted for a bit of both. When I submitted it for the course, my instructor was thrilled and strongly encouraged me to submit it to Fish hook. At the time, my mental response was,

“What is Fish hook?”

I had never heard of the publication until then, although I had tried to be active in the campus community for the past two years. This has stuck in my mind for as long as I’ve heard of it, and I’ve since heard several peers mention it in passing, many with the same question:

“What is ‘Fish hook?’”

Fish hook is an entirely student-run arts and literature journal published annually by the Fish hook editorial team. The journal features art, poetry, photography, fictional stories and, more recently, non-fictional scholarly work.

Students from all academic backgrounds can send submissions to FishHook. Their entries can be created specifically for the journal, made in their spare time, or even initially created as an assignment for a class or club.

Anthony Ritala, English instructor, is the educational advisor for Fish hook. to him, Fish hookThe value of lies in the outlet it provides for anyone interested in the arts.

“We’re trying to find ways to reach Pott students or nursing students who like the news or have a story to share,” Rintala said. “It’s for the chemist who loves poetry, or the art department student who’s a brilliant photographer.” I want as many people as possible to know that we are here for them.

FishHook publishes a volume of their journal each year. There are currently 10 volumes published with volume 11 coming soon. (Photo by Sydney Lawson)

Submissions for Volume 12 are currently open. They can be sent to Fish hookemail fromaccompanied by a contributor release form which gives FishHook permission to publish his work. Students can choose to post their work anonymously, but must include their identity in their submission.

According Fish hook publishers, submitting pieces to Fish hook or working as part of the team is also a great way to get to know the campus community. They agree that publishing in literary journals also looks great on resumes.

All submissions are approved by Kyla Schlink, editor of Fish hook. Schlink has been with the team for three years and hopes to grow Fish hooksocial media presence and team camaraderie during their tenure.

Submissions go through an editing and approval process between the Fish hook publishers and authors.

“We were just going to review and flag whether or not we thought it would be good for the volume we were doing,” Schlink said. “We would send edits or suggestions to the author, ask them to send back any edits they wanted, and then choose the order in which they would be released.”

FishHook journals provide students with the opportunity to share their work with each other each year. (Photo by Sydney Lawson)

Once submissions are edited and approved for publication, a digital file is sent to Creative Publication on campus for printing.

Printed copies can be picked up free of charge at the Robert D. Orr Center and the Liberal Arts Center. Schlink said they would like to expand distribution of the publication, bringing it more on campus. Fish hook was also recently made available on line.

The Fish hook The team is currently composed of five student members. Each member is an editor specializing in a specific area, ensuring that Fish hook submissions are sent correctly and meet the standards of the journal.

All members of the Fish hook the editorial staff is passionate about the project and strongly encourages all even slightly interested students to submit their work.

Denise McKenzie, a second-year English student specializing in creative writing, joined the Fish hook editorial team this year, keen to gain editing experience and practice creative writing skills.

Fish hook is the culmination of creative work and things that students are really passionate about,” McKenzie said. “I want people to submit because I just think writing is so powerful. We can change a lot with our words.

Maria Farrar, a senior English major with a focus on professional writing, also joined the FishHook team this year. “It really highlights what USI students are capable of,” said Farrar.

Students who submitted their work to Fish hook view their experiences positively.

Jaydon Pritchard, an English major, recently submitted his poetry to Fish hook.

“I wanted to show other students that their classmates were doing something, making art,” Pritchard said. “I think it’s important to have Fish hook because it is a way of sharing. It’s a way of sharing that you’re doing something here.

McKenzie holds Volume 10 of FishHook, the most recently published volume. McKenzie said she hopes future volumes of FishHook will involve even more students. (Photo by Sydney Lawson)

Sophomore English Language Arts student Ivys Quintana submitted an essay on the Disney movie “Luca.”

“I actually didn’t expect to be selected to appear in Fish hook since I’m not a creative writing major and English is not my first language, but I’m glad they accepted my academic essay,” Quintana said. “They even offered comments before publication.”

“I think it’s important to have a publication like Fish hook on campus because it gives students from all majors the opportunity to show their writings or their artistic work,” she said. “You don’t need to be an English major to submit your work, you just need to have something you really want to share with others.”

The Fish hook The team also insisted on encouraging students to submit, even if they are nervous or not entirely confident in their work.

“Worst-case scenario, you’re going to get a really friendly rejection from us, with suggestions on how to improve,” Rintala said. “If that’s something you’re interested in, then Fish hook is a wonderful practice, even if you train yourself to be rejected.

“You’re not going anywhere if you don’t put yourself out there,” McKenzie said.

Be sure to take your own copy of Fish hook Volume 11 next month.

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