About the Review
The F&M Alumni Arts Review is a printed publication, with a web presence, that presents literary and visual works by Franklin & Marshall alumni. We have just completed publication of our ninth and final volume, BOUND. We invite you to browse through online flipbooks of previous issues, below. However submissions for the Review have closed.
It’s an “arts” review for a reason: F&M is proud that as a College it continues the fine tradition of a classic liberal arts education. The word "arts" in this case does not just mean the fine arts, or the literary arts; rather, it refers to educational disciplines that are considered essential if one is to be an effective citizen of the world. These include the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
As alumni of F&M, you engaged in many forms of these “arts." You may have delved into a fine art or a dramatic art or a literary art. Above all, you learned to express yourself and your ideas effectively.
Many of you are still doing so, and one of the ideas behind the Review was to invite F&M alumni an opportunity to re-engage with the invigoration such explorations offer. If these expressions manifest as artwork—paintings, drawings, photographs (including photographs of three dimensional work), or in written form—stories, essays, poems, plays.
We also hope the opportunity to take a look at issues of the Review will keep you engaged, or will re-engage you, with your alma mater. As you browse the images and poems and stories in the online flipbooks of past volumes, you might also discover what some of your fellow F&M alums are up to.
The theme of our ninth and final volume was BOUND, which, in addition to "walking or running with leaping steps," offered all kinds of matters for exploration, including the idea of boundaries ("out of bounds" emerges from this meaning of the word), as well as the idea of heading somewhere: "bound for glory." Once the flipbook of this volume has been posted, we hope you'll enjoy taking a look at how F&M alums responded to this theme.
Explore Past Issues
2019: Annual Fall Reading & Reception
A lovely wine and cheese reception during Homecoming! Each year our community and alums come together to chat and to share their current work. Click through the slideshow!
Letter from the Editor:
As a verb, bound is “to walk or run with leaping strides”; the noun describes a “leaping movement upward.” I just love that it comes from a French word meaning 'resound’, which descends, curiously, from the Latin for ‘humming.’ To hum and to bound!
There’s another, darker, meaning of the word, one from which “boundary” comes: a bound, or bounds (noun), is a territorial limit; it also means a limitation or restriction on feeling or action.
In this sense, bound offers ideas to do with being enclosed, or to place limits on, restrict. In sports we might say, out of bounds. Or an artist might move beyond the bounds of the expected. This usage of the word descends from the Middle English for ‘landmark’ or ‘borderland.’
And there’s yet a third definition: The idea of heading toward a specified place: homeward bound, or bound for glory. Or that one is likely to have a specified experience: She’s bound to fail. He’s bound to have a grand time.
Of course, “bound” brings up images of, well, bondage. In this usage, bound is the past tense of the verb bind. Indeed, tying people and things up—figuratively, literally—is a very powerful meaning of the word.
Which can also lead to unbinding—to becoming unbounded.
Bound as the past tense of bind also—conversely—offers the notion of union: bound together.
In this form of the word, there's also the sense associated with putting together, as a book—or a volume of the AAR—is bound.
There’s also tying or fastening (something) tightly—a bandage around a shin, a roof rack to a car, arms around a child.
Which leads to the idea of a vow: a legal or contractual obligation, or being obliged in some way by law, circumstances, duty—or love: as we might be bound to our alma mater.
Submissions are now open! Deadline is Sunday, December 1st, 2019, 11:59 p.m.. To browse past online flipbooks, see above! For guidelines, see below.
Ready to submit? (You'll also find guidelines here.): Head to our online submission platform, Submittable.com.
Questions? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sands Hall, Editor
& the Editorial Board of the F&M Alumni Arts Review
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO WAS ABLE TO SUBMIT TO THE REVIEW?
All F&M alumni, including the most recently graduating class, were encouraged to send us their work. (You are considered an alum if you spent at least two full years at the College.) In the spirit of the ideals and teachings of a liberal arts education, alumni from all disciplines—not just English and the arts—were encouraged to submit to the Review.
DOES IT COST MONEY TO SUBMIT TO THE REVIEW?
We are happy to receive support with a gift of any size to help us in our work. But no, there was no charge to submit to the F&M Alumni Arts Review.
DID ALUMS GET PAID IF THEIR WORK WAS PUBLISHED IN THE REVIEW?
No, they did not. They did receive two copies of the Review. All those who submitted—as well as anyone who expressed interest—received one copy of the Review.
MAY I GET A COPY OF THE REVIEW?
Absolutely! Copies of the Review may be ordered as long as they are available. You just need to give us your mailing address. There is no charge, but we’re grateful for gifts of any size to support the Review (see below).
WHO MADE THE DECISIONS ABOUT WHO WAS PUBLISHED?
The Review’s editorial board meets to deliberate about the works that are published in the pages and on the website of the Review; the AAR's Editor, Sands Hall, made final determinations.
WAS EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED?
Editor Sands Hall, often in consultation with other members of the Editorial Board, offered most writers and poets some editorial comments and suggestions for revision.
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