none of the above (NOTA) released the spring edition of its biannual literature and fine arts publication with a book drop and free reading event last Friday.
NOTA is the only fine arts publication entirely run by students at UW-Eau Claire, according to Elise Vitort, fourth-year creative writing student and editor-in-chief of NOTA.
Students may submit literary, poetic, artistic, and photographic works for publication in one edition each semester.
“NOTA is completely unique to UW-Eau Claire,” Vitort said. “We hold our launch party, and then the publication is distributed to the university buildings on campus.”
Friday’s launch party featured the Spring Edition premiere where contributors and the public were able to read the latest publication for the first time.
After the premiere, the event turned into an open reading where anyone could read or perform their literary, poetic, artistic or musical works.
NOTA hosts several open reading events throughout the semester.
“We try to have an open reading event every month,” Vitort said. “We have people sharing music or reading poetry and anyone can come and share their work.”
BJ Hollars, associate professor of English and NOTA academic advisor, said NOTA students work hard to collect submissions. NOTA students select works for publication and design and edit the book for publication.
“Everything published is student work, and the book is designed and produced entirely by students,” Hollars said. “We are reaching out to other local literary communities to bridge the gap between campus and community.”
Charlotte Gutzmer, a fourth-year French and creative writing student and poetry editor, said it can be difficult to narrow down all submitted work to what should be published.
“I handle all the poetry submissions that come in, it’s usually a few hundred,” Gutzmer said. “I just do my best to support the voice of poets on campus.”
Gutzmer said all submissions go through an anonymous screening process by the NOTA committee to select work impartially.
Gutzmer said NOTA encourages students to submit as much work as possible.
“It’s amazing how much talent we have on campus,” they said.
As the semester draws to a close, Vitort and Artistic Director Bethany Mennecke said in the edition’s Editors’ Note that they hope this spring’s publication will allow readers to lose themselves in the imaginations of writers, musicians and artists.
The publisher said it is constantly motivated by reader support and being able to deliver these works of art, writing, poetry and music to interested and curious audiences.
The spring edition of NOTA is distributed throughout campus buildings and available free of charge. The publication is also available in line.
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