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My fellow artists,

Thank you for setting up a livejournal and helping us reduce tree carnage. To protect your confidentiality when I respond to your entries, I will email your SCAD email address with comments, usually for every two entries. Check the online gradebook for your Journal score update if you see my emailed comments: MyScad/Composition & Literature/Grades/Homework Journal.

Folks who've had in class know that my sense of humor aims to keep students awake and engaged in the material. I enjoy humor as an educational tool. You should also know that I respect my students' right to free speech, so long as it is non-abusive, within the confines of the classroom.

Online, however, I'd like to remind you that the web is a shared, public space, one that goes beyond our classroom. Please practice decorum in your Journals and recall that schools across the US have suspended and arrested students for posting/writing certain inflammatory content in their Journals. After 9/11 and Virginia Tech, schools are vigilant.

If you'd like to keep your entries confidential or keep certain entries confidential, you can add me as a  "friend" and then, at the bottom of your screen for that entry, select "Friends"  as your setting where it says "Show this entry to."  That way, only I, you, and your "friends" can view the select entry/entries. 

If you'd like to view classmembers' entries, you can click on my username and click on my "Friends Page" menu atop the screen to view their public entries. (Of course, you can add fellow classmembers as "friends" too if you like; please note that they will be able to see your "friends-only" posts then.)

Please note that most professional artists maintain a professional artist's journal in which they store creative ideas and share information on events/exhibits or other creative endeavors. You might want to continue your livejournal for that purpose beyond our class.

Remember during the quarter to treat this livejournal as your Homework Journal vs. your personal diary to enhance your class performance.

Happy writing!

Prof. Mary C. Kim

Sample Submission Cover Letter

Sample Submission Cover Letter
Your name
Mailing address
Mailing address
email address
Crazyhorse Fiction Prize / The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize
Department of English
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Dear Fiction Editor [Read through the submission guidelines. Otherwise, use actual name]:
Please consider the attached poems for publication in your excellent publication and consideration in the poetry competition: “Story 1 title” and “Story 2 title.” Below is my writer’s bio for your ease.
[4-sentence Artist/Writer’s Bio]
Thank you for your time, care, and expertise.
Enclosures:      “Story 1 title”
                        “Story 2 title”

Alligator Juniper caters to emerging writers and has also won awards.

May. 27th, 2012

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Artist athlete, Payne Alderman currently pursues BFA in Advertising at SCAD, driven to master state-of-the-art computer applications and design software and execute new marketing schemes. His drive towards excellence and discipline finds expression in his work at a local real estate firm and his membership on SCAD Baseball team. Upon graduation, Payne aims to launch his own advertising and marketing company on the forefront of the digital frontier.

Scholar athlete Jonathan Andrews currently completes a BFA in sound design at SCAD with plans to pursue a computer science degree at The University of South Carolina Beaufort. Jonathan also is driven to achieve a career in Major League Baseball. His great accomplishments and motivation have garnered him full scholarships on the basis of superlative athletic skill and academic merit.

Multi-genre writer and performance poet, Victoria Bagger represents a treasure to the world's writing scene. Currently she pursues her lifelong passion in the middle of "the sea of inspiration," also known as SCAD, having won a $15,000 annual scholarship on the basis of outstanding academic and artistic merit. She is determined to achieve a career as a writer for _Saturday Night Live_ or _The New York Times_.

Florida native Jaryd Hall pursues a BFA in animation at SCAD.

Multi-genre creative writer and literature enthusiast, Hannah Jones attended the Converse College Young Writer's Workshop, has published in Dorman High School's literary magazine, and given public readings of her own work. She currently attends the Savannah College of Art and Design and hopes to advance her knowledge of the written word. On the basis of her academic and artistic merits, she won $8,000 in combined annual scholarships to pursue her interests. She currently aims to break into the entertainment business and write for television.

Aspiring architect Jason Knight began preparing for a career in architecture since childhood. Winning Kell High School’s award for outstanding architecture workmanship, he is currently completing a BFA at SCAD. His studio work is regularly selected for the NAAB.

An interior designer and business entrepreneur, Ashleigh Richards is currently pursuing a BFA in interior design at SCAD. During high school, she redesigned an eco-friendly preschool playground and won the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor available within the national organization. Ashleigh looks forward to using her leadership and artistic skills learned through Girl Scouts and SCAD to better serve her community.

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Compelled by the exotic in life and art, Danielle Austin completes a BFA in Writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She now serves as the managing director of District, SCAD’s newspaper. Winning numerous awards for her District work, she aims to write for Alternative Press magazine, entertained by the prospect of writing books about sex-crazed teen vampires wizards who compete to the death to survive. Her fallback plans include joining the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a white tiger trainer.

Published in the Columbia County Magazine, writer Cortney Bartow already holds a Communications degree  and currently pursues a BFA in Writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She endeavors to shape the future of publishing and magazine writing, aspiring to challenge and inspire people’s lives.

Informed by two homelands, the countryside of Georgia and the bushland of Zambia, Africa, multi-genre writer Alex Cheves captures place as character in his work, believing that the only way to attempt to claim the ownership of a land is through writing. Alex aims for a career in Pagan and Interfaith ministry and sees his writing as both spiritual and recreational practice. Currently he pursues a BFA in Writing with a double minor in Creative Writing and Advertising at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). An LGBT activist, he is an officer in SCAD Queers and Allies, a student-led support group for gay and lesbian youth.

Fascinated with the tactile quality of materials, Emily Conner currently pursues a BFA in Fibers with a creative writing minor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, she aims to launch her own textile design company and create handmade books. Emily indulges in two passions in her free time: baking cupcakes and watching hockey.

Multi-media artist, Brittany Diovisalvi completes a B.F.A in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. She finds creative inspiration while taking long walks in the natural world. After graduation, she aims to launch her career at Better Homes and Gardens.

With a story already published in a newspaper in her native Honduras, Sofia Fernandez pursues a BFA in writing with a minor in creative writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design. As a result of her writing portfolio, she won a  $4,000 annual artistic scholarship.

Multi-genre writer, Miranda Jenkins pursues a life-long passion for writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design, completing a BFA. Crafting mostly nonfiction and fiction essays, she displays versatility in writing.  After graduation, she hopes to move to Miami, Florida and work for the Miami Herald.

Aspiring writer, Emily Jones currently completes a BFA in Dramatic Writing. She won a $10,000 annual scholarship her short story, "Invisible. At the moment, she plans her first staged production.

Jeremy Kahn currently pursues a Sequential Art major and creative writing minor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He writes regularly for SCAD's e-learning blog, SCAD Myriad. In the past, he created and sold a comic series through multiple vendors, such as iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, and two local comic stores. In his future, he will author children's books and comic scripts.

Multi-genre artist, Rachel Reed, a former student of psychology, is a writer focusing on the art of analysis, memoir, and region-inspired pieces.  As a youth, she published a poem in the _Young Authors of America_ {ITALICIZE book names], experimenting since with different genres and techniques of self-expression. Working as a dance choreographer when not writing, she believes that dance, writing, and psychology all elaborate our human need for connection. Winning a $10,000 annual scholarship to SCAD, she pursues a BFA in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design, dedicated to the challenge of interweaving these disciplines through words.

Aspiring writer, Jasmine Schultz began writing short stories and short songs as a child and won many high school writing competitions. She currently pursues a BFA in writing with a creative writing minor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Jasmine is driven to pursue success as a novelist.

Winner of 6 writing competitions including the Regional Scholastic Gold Key, Jessica Shock is a writer currently completing a BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design. She plans dual careers as a technical writer and novelist.

Chase Wilkinson is a promising multi-genre writer, story teller, and humorist. Currently enrolled in the Writing program at Savannah College of Art and Design, Chase strives to expand his talents across as many fields of writing as possible. He is a successful playwright, winning many competitions including the Houston Young Playwright Exchange at the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas. He has also participated in one of The Moth’s StorySLAM events held in Savannah, Georgia.

Impassioned by fairy tales, folklore, and myth, Mickey Willard seeks to capture the fantastical worlds of by-gone eras and far-off realms in her illustrations and comic art.  Her art has garnered the Hidden Glenn Art Show Award and been displayed in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, published in Elementia {ITALICIZE journal titles] literary magazine.  Winning several artistic scholarships including the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Presidential Scholarship and Shooting Stars scholarship, she is completing a BFA in sequential art with a creative writing minor at SCAD.

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Aspiring architect, Nada Afifi currently completes a BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, having won a $7,000 annual Honors Scholarship. She is also a member of the American Institute for Architecture Students and the Honors Society, Tau Sigma Delta.

Miami native and scholar athlete, Bryan Blair has played baseball his entire life, awarded a full athletic scholarship to SCAD. As an artist, he pursues a BFA in Writing at SCAD. Serving as head sports editor of his high school newspaper, he is driven to achieve success as a sports journalist.

Multi-dimensional designer, Brandon Boone has crafted simple and timeless spaces for exclusive clients. His work in Electrical Design has been selected to serve an instructional model for future students. Currently completing a BFA in Architecture from SCAD, he plans to pursue an MFA to extend his professional expertise.

Texas native, Courtland Eddings pursues a BFA in Architecture at SCAD, fascinated by architectural history and international landmarks. Serving as a guide for Our Tour program, she is also an accomplished athlete mastering land and sea--an equestrian who can maneuver a Western-style sea kayak.

Fine artist and aspiring architect, Christine Ellis is three weeks from graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Even as a youth, she has loved math and art, finding conundrums everywhere but in the field of architecture. With aspirations to travel the world, she hopes to help create it as she makes her way from city to city.

Winner of a full scholarship to SCAD, Ryan Frederick pursues a BFA in Architecture. He graduated with a 3.9 GPA from high school with dual-seal diploma, reflecting his work experience in the field of Architectural Drafting. Upon graduation, he aim to launch his own international architectural firm.

Winning a $11,000 annual scholarship to SCAD, Katy Kennedy has committed to career as an artist. She has experimented in diverse genres from sculpture, visual art, and photography, still in the process of determining her field of endeavor. Admitted into SCAD’s Study Abroad program in Hong Kong, she aims to rediscover herself and reinvent her artistic process, ultimately defining her career plans.

Photographer and architect, Nayantara Khanna graduates from the Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue her diverse passions. She is a leader, an entrepreneur, and a professional, having held several leadership and management positions, including one at Yale University and at her present college. Successfully organizing volunteer work and launching her own small business, Nayantara is also a musician. She won two national merits in Indian classical singing awarded by India’s Pracheen Kala Kendra.

For the last decade Ryan McCarthy has developed the systems and protocols to work in experimental art thinking, rigorous design research, and the search for extra perceptual artistic motives. His multi-disciplinary, multi-perspective approach is tangential to his world view crossed with his love for future worlds and emerging technologies. The art is thus engaged in the systematic personal history of places, shared memories, senses and colors. The design is reverent of a systematic exploration of our expectations of the typical object with regard to human spatial awareness.

A filmmaker and production designer, Mackenzie Roberts currently completes a BFA at SCAD, pursuing her life-long goal of challenging and changing lives through films. Her first documentary created in high school, Killer Weed, garnered first place in the Louisiana Student Film Festival division. A year later, during her internship with Trespass, starring Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman, she decided to dedicate her life to environmental design for the motion pictures. Since then, she won work opportunities with the Disney Imagineers and professional directors and production designers. A Promise, the first film she produced, co-directed and designed was nominated as a regionalist in the Student Academy Awards, gaining acceptance into numerous film festivals.

Nicholas Seidl, an editor, director, and film scholar, currently completes a BFA in Film and Television at SCAD, planning to pursue a master’s degree in Cinema Studies. Primarily an editor, Nicholas uses a combination of classic Hollywood continuity-based edits broken up by longer more European cuts. When directing, Nicholas takes inspiration from historic as well as contemporary filmmakers, synthesizing Golden Age comedy with more contemporary film influences. He recently pitched the BBC with his documentary on the American phenomenon of ‘Traveler Kids,” having shown his work at artistic festivals including the Atlanta-area Young Artist Celebration.

Traditional and digital photographer, Catherine Taylor displays versatility in techniques, experience in photo editing, and expertise in graphic design. Catherine is both a documentarian and an image-maker, synthesizing found objects, stunning landscapes, and honest portraits that delve far into the subjects’ minds. As she relates, “Photography is stopping time. It makes it possible to hold time in our hands, past the point where our memories are faded and stories, forgotten.”

Engl 124_2 8 am collaborative poem

  Here we go again

  I’m bored out of my mind 

  More singing

  Singing in the rain

  Is it raining fire, then?

  My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

  Too bad it’s not as good as my smoothie

  But it falls at second place

  Where did the weekend go?

  Dismiss my pride, forgive my anger.

  There is always another day 

I I came to kick butt and chew bubble gum, but I ran out of gum. 

  Kick, chew?

  Don’t be anxious, my friend.

  I need to wake up !!!

  Hunger bellows

  But now it’s time to bury the box.

Clair Cox's CREA 157 picks

Still I Rise
You may write me down in history  
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt  
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?  
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells  
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,  
With the certainty of tides,  
Just like hopes springing high,  
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?  
Bowed head and lowered eyes?  
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,  
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?  
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines  
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,  
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds  
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,  
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,  
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.  
I rise
I rise

Phenomenal Woman
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size  
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,  
The stride of my step,  
The curl of my lips.  
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,  
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,  
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.  
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.  
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,  
And the flash of my teeth,  
The swing in my waist,  
And the joy in my feet.  
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered  
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,  
They say they still can’t see.  
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,  
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.  
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.  
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,  
The bend of my hair,  
the palm of my hand,  
The need for my care.  
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

124_1 Collaborative Poem

It was a dark and rainy night
Downtown London was covered in fog
Downtown Disney that is...
The haunted mansion rests in the fog
There was even fog inside the mansion
Fog was everywhere
Mickey could barely see
He had lost sight of Sora, Donald, and Goofy
Because of the fog
The ominous clouds drifting
More fog.
Who would have not fall in love
with great eyes like hers.
Mickey certainly did
Which was weird you know? Because of
the fog. Yeah, it was foggy, did mention

Collaborative Attendance Poem: CREA 157

The city is infested by the crazy
anxiety without definition
Last night I walked
outside and bummed
a cigarette off of a
nose ring with a girl
attached to it.
Sleeplessness stimulates my
I'm water in a greasy rain.
I would trade anything
for a cigarette--except
my lighter.
Dear Class members,

I've decided to post the sample template here because once the quarter ends, our Blackboard will disappear and you won't have access to the template/run-down. Now aren't you glad I encouraged you to write your 4-sentence bios? :)

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Engl 124_2: Attendance Poem

Meet me at the ice cream shop,
I'll buy you an ice cream.

I saw Beyonce at Burger King,
She got two cheeseburgers and onion rings.

If I were a cheeseburger,
I would give you happiness.

If I were a cheezburger,
Would you be the honey mustard?

No, but I would be your
sesame seeds.

If I were a hot dog, would
you be my bun?

Depends if you're bun length or not...
I must abstain, I don't eat hot dogs before marriage

Hog slaughter, boys!

I eat cats with spoons.
Sporks are better.

Why not just use a spoon, it will
scoop up everything.

Spoons make me hungry
What is it with spoons, people?

It's so fluffy!!!
How bizarre

Engl 124_01 Collaborative Freewrite Poem

Congratulations--our class is the first to create such beauty so soon in the quarter, a postable poem in class 3!

So it began
a frozen moment
steeped in serenity
I cannot see.
The blind are
And the seeing are
as they walk to the light,
They become lost
forever wandering
in the deep dust of,
of the shadows
and in the deep sinister thoughts
in the minds,
coming out of
the future! Or is it
more than it seems?
We are blind
to decay. We can only hear
the rumble of the waves
and see a yellow wallpaper
giving character
to someone divine