Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Stormy weather didn’t stop students from flooding into the English Department’s celebration of this year’s Eclectic release. The nationally award-winning Eclectic features stories, poems, art and music from UWG students. The release party was held on Wednesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Kathy Cashen Hall.
“The awesome thing about the Eclectic is that we accept art and literature from many different students,” said MacKenzie Regier, editor in chief of Eclectic. “We actually have a comic from a math major this year. Eclectic brings people together from all different departments, and it puts everyone’s hard work out there for all to see.”
During the ceremony, students received awards for best poetry, prose, creative non-fiction and art. Travis Denton, associate director of poetry at Georgia Tech, and Arthur Phillips, author of The Tragedy of Arthur, captivated the audience with readings from their work. Free copies of both speakers’ books, as well as Eclectic, were available after the ceremony.
Megan Bell, promotions editor for Eclectic, explained why the annual release party is such a big deal. “It’s awesome that we’ve won a bunch of awards and had national recognition,” she said. “It just goes to prove how fabulous our writers are. But we have to celebrate our writers, our artists and our musicians here, because that’s what makes a community successful. That’s what makes Carrollton successful, and that’s what makes West Georgia such a brilliant place. Celebrating art is life.” Bell also won the poetry award at the 42nd Annual Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival on April 4.
Refreshments such as brownies, fruit and cheese were offered after the event. Denton and Phillips stayed for over half an hour afterward to sign their books. Several students also agreed to sign their stories in the Eclectic book.