Harbinger reading is April 26
Poet Mary Karr once observed that a poem, though nothing but a tiny string of letters often small enough to fit in your palm, has the power to “blow everybody’s head off.”
That’s how Grace Pittman, editor of the Harbinger, begins her foreward in the Stephens College literary journal, fitting for this year’s theme, “Bombshell.”
And, it’s true; the 2013 Harbinger will blow you away with the best short stories, narratives, poetry and artwork Stephens students have to offer.
“Literature offers readers a sense of shared experiences,” Pittman writes in her foreward. “At its best it provides something universal, some statement about life, so that when those bombshell moments happen, and surely they will, we know that we are not the first to have suffered or the last. Much of the work in Harbinger 2013 focuses on emotionally explosive events.”
The Harbinger staff will celebrate this year’s authors and artists at a public reading and reception at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at East Side Tavern. The launch party is free and open to the public, and East Side Tavern will offer drink specials along with light hors d’oeuvres.
Harbinger has been named outstanding literary magazine three years in a row by Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honors society, and those who pick up “Bombshell” will find out why. Copies of the magazine will be available at Susie’s bookstore in Stamper Commons beginning Thursday, April 4, and will be available at the reception and reading.
Copies are $6.