Students create some 'F(r)iction'

By Leah Trinidad
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 3, 1996

Rosey Truong felt that the University of Arizona needed a creative outlet for writers and artists who aren't necessarily academically involved in the arts, so she resurrected the English Undergraduate Club (which, despite the name, is open to all majors) from a two year hiatus to publish a campus literary magazine.

"I think a lot of people write creatively and produce art on their own, but they don't show it to anyone else," said Truong, a sophomore English major and head of the organization. "This is a good opportunity for them to have it reviewed by their peers in the club as well as the public."

The club will be producing a literary magazine called "F(r)iction," containing student poetry, fiction and nonfiction as well as visual art.

Sociology senior Brian Mock said he wanted to hear readers' opinions on his creative writing, so he decided to contribute some of his work to the magazine.

"I don't hang out at coffee shop poetry readings, and I wanted to go somewhere where I could get feedback on my work," he said.

Other members, such as Sean McHugh, hope the literary magazine will be a stepping stone for the development of one of the club's goals, which is to establish a forum for students to discuss the arts.

"Right now I'm starting to wonder about the state of the arts at the U of A," said McHugh, a religious studies junior. "I think a lot of people have a strong interest in not only writing, but in discussing literature, film and other types of art they appreciate. But if you don't give them a place to share their interests, those interests just sit there dormant.

"This magazine that we're working on should point us in a direction and give us a guide to developing a place for people to talk about these things," he continued.

Amy Blackburn, English and women's studies sophomore, joined the organization because she wanted to do just that.

"All my friends are pre-med and into science. By joining this club I'm meeting people who are into English and the arts like I am," she said.

Mock said, "I'm not in any humanities or creative writing classes, but I like to be in that environment like we have here."

The club is still accepting submissions for "F(r)iction." They can be turned in at the English Department office or at club meetings, which are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. in Modern Languages 405.