Sunday, August 14, 2016

On-Campus Journal Editing Cluster: Poetry


Journal Editing Cluster
IMF55700.80: The Literary Journal
IMF55800.80: Advanced Studies in Prose
IMF56000.80: Advanced Studies in Literary Journal (focus for Fall 16: Poetry)

Course Description:
This class gives students the chance to be on the other side of the submission process and is a useful experience as a writer and editor—and it allows students to list an Editorial Assistant credit on their CV/resume and their bio for future submissions. Students in this journal editing cluster will read, discuss, and vote on poetry submissions to The Lindenwood Review for issue 7. To become familiar with TLR, visit our website at This class does not include a creative writing workshop component for student work. Other work may include literary journal presentations, proofreading, ordering pieces in the poetry section, and discussion of published literary works. Students will be listed as Editorial Assistants and will receive a copy of issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review.

Instructor: Kelli Allen

Meeting Day/Time: Tuesdays 6-10pm
Location: LU Cultural Center Conference Room

Start Date: Tuesday, September 27

Students will purchase issues 5 and 6 of The Lindenwood Review at the reduced rate of $5.00 each ($10.00 total). TLR issues can be purchased by mailing a check (made payable to Lindenwood University) to the address noted HERE. Students may also purchase issues in person with check or cash from Kelli at the first class meeting or at Beth's office in LUCC room 207.

NOTE: If you decide to drop the cluster, email Beth at and note whether or not you have attended class. Tuition refund/charges (based on the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.


Your first assignment for this course consists of two parts:

1. Please email me ( a 1-2 page personal essay telling me what type of prose you enjoy writing (fiction, short memoir, journalism, poetry), how you would describe your writing aesthetic, and a few of your favorite authors and books. If you are published, where and in what genera?  What events in your life brought you to writing?  Please be certain I have these short essays at least three days prior to our first class meeting.  Be warned that I may (likely will) read some of your essays, or have you read them, aloud to the class.

2. Which journals do you regularly receive and read? This may be a bulleted list at the end of your aesthetic essay.

Canvas info for on-campus clusters

Kelli Allen--MFA, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Kelli Allen’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the US and internationally. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has won awards for her poetry, prose, and scholarly work. She served as Managing Editor of Natural Bridge and holds an MFA from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is the director of the River Styx Hungry Young Poets Series and founded the Graduate Writers Reading Series for UMSL. Her chapbook, Some Animals, won the 2016 Etchings Press Prize. Her chapbook, How We Disappear, won the 2016 Damfino Press chapbook award. Her newest full-length, Imagine Not Drowning, will be released from C&R Press January, 2017. Her full-length poetry collection, Otherwise, Soft White Ash, arrived from John Gosslee Books in 2012 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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