Deadlines for student writers:

Tributaries, Illinois Wesleyan’s slick, student-run literary magazine, is looking for submissions of original works of fiction, poetry, spoken word, music, photography, and/or fine art by IWU students. You need not be an English major to submit, and you can submit up to six pieces total of any genre. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 26, 2009 in the Tributaries mailbox on the first floor of the English House.  If you have questions, email iwutributaries@gmail.com.

The Delta, the English department’s annual academic journal, is also looking for submissions. Anyone can submit; the journal is not restricted to English majors/minors. The only restriction is that papers had to have been written for an IWU English course during the 2008 calendar year. The editors are looking for original, analytic, cohesive, well-supported papers that follow MLA format. The Delta seeks to publish a diverse body of works that cover a variety of subjects, genres, time periods, course levels, and methodologies. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 13. Submissions should be emailed to iwudelta@gmail.com. Include a cover sheet with the paper title, your name, email, phone, course name and number, and a 150-word abstract stating the argument of your paper. Only one submission per student is allowed.

If you’re writing, you might as well submit. After all, George Bernard Shaw once remarked, “If you do not write for publication, there is little point in writing at all.” And Sylvia Plath wrote, “Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.” 

Two on-campus publications are also looking for writers. Students who are interested in restarting The Wesleyana, the school yearbook, should contact Kasey Evans (kevans1@iwu.edu), and students who are interested in writing for The Argus student newspaper should contact editor-in-chief Garrett Rapp (grapp@iwu.edu).

“Lincoln’s In Town!” opens February 13

In just a few weeks the curtain rises on Lincoln’s in Town!, written by Professor Robert C. Bray and aluma Nancy Steele Brokaw (’71). The play is an original dramatization of Abraham Lincoln’s life as it relates to Bloomington, Illinois, from the time he was a new lawyer riding the circuit through his most significant appearances in town—including the famous “Lost Speech” of 1856. As a grandfather waits with his grandson at the Bloomington train depot for Lincoln to arrive again, their stories bring Lincoln to life:  the way he could entertain a courtroom, fiercely debate opponents, plot with friends, or relish 19th century life. The project, which was commissioned by the McLean County Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, is produced by Holiday Spectacular, Inc. and sponsored by The Pantagraph. Lori Adams is the director.

Opening night features a 6 p.m. Champagne Gala Reception at the Bloomington Performing Arts Center, where the play begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets to both the reception and show are $50; tickets to the show only are $19 for adults and $10 for children 14 and under. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on February 14 and 2 p.m. on February 15. Tickets are available at the box office (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), by phone (309-434-2777), or online.

Bob, who has long been interested in Lincoln, wrote in detail about the relationship between Lincoln and fire-and-brimstone Methodist preacher Peter Cartwright in his 2005 book, Peter Cartwright, Legendary Frontier Pioneer (University of Illinois Press). Cartwright helped found Illinois Wesleyan University, and a lot of familiar local names pop up in the play—including David Davis, Jesse Fell, and Asahel Gridley. The show includes an annotated booklet, which was designed for Lincoln buffs, school children, and “everyone in between.”