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Literary Magazine Celebrating 10 Years of Stories, Poems and Photographs

April 27, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's INK literary magazine has commemorated its 10th anniversary by once again featuring the best literary and visual artwork by the college's students, faculty and staff members, while also re-publishing "Best Of" works from the past 10 issues.

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INK will have its Volume 10 release party on Friday, April 27, at the Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 25 South Seventh Street in Terre Haute, from 7-9 p.m. The opening will also feature the free distribution of art and literary magazines from Indiana State University and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College; artwork from those magazines; a live reading of literary works; and free food from George's Downtown Cafe and Caboodle Cupcakes. The event is open to the public.

Published annually, INK contains poetry, prose, photography, paintings, sculpture and other forms of art submitted by members of the Rose-Hulman community. Published works were selected by a committee of student editors. This year's anniversary issue features works by 30 artists, including 27 students, two faculty members, and one non-RHIT collaborator.

The magazine encompasses 10 genres of art, including musical works featured on the INK website (, all of which were voted on by the editors and staff in a five-hour review session after the submission deadline in late March. Co-Editor in Chief Phil Rodenbeck says the chance to see so many student submissions is well-worth the effort of putting together the magazine. He stated, "Opening that attachment, experiencing a submission for the first time-it's like opening a small present. Sure, you get some socks and some questionable gifts from the wacky aunt. But you also get pieces of true thought, originality and beauty that leave you nothing less than sublime."

INK continues a long-standing tradition of literary publications on campus. The magazine was founded during the 2002-2003 academic year by Rebecca Dyer, Ph.D., and was edited by a small group of dedicated students. A formal selection process for student editors was implemented in 2008 and now the magazine has 11 student editors, advised by Corey Taylor, Ph.D., and arts program coordinator Steve Letsinger. There are two annual student academic awards associated with the publication: Best Visual Work and Best Written Work.

Rose-Hulman's literary magazinehas increased its circulation to the greater Terre Haute community, with an off-campus launch party being conducted for the past two issues. Last year, the launch party debuted the Terre Haute Collegiate Art and Literary Magazine.  This year's Halcyon event will further include the local publication subTerreanean2.

Rodenbeck, a graduate student, has worked with other technical colleges to create the Art in Science and Technology (ArtiST) Conference. Participating schools included Rose-Hulman, Colorado School of Mines, Georgia Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The conference featured workshops on topics including magazine layout, advertising and production.

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