Cardinal Sins celebrate fall release
December 14, 2009 —
A semester of new faces and challenges for Cardinal Sins concluded last Monday with the release of the publication’s fall edition.
A crowd of about 50 gathered at the publication release party to view the artwork and listen to student writers read work that appeared in the fine arts magazine.
Readers included creative writing senior Blair Giesken and graduate Matthew Falk. Giesken read her flash fiction piece, “Exfoliation.” The story won the top award in the publication’s “best of” category for flash fiction.
Falk, last year’s editor-in-chief, read a pair of his poems that appeared in the magazine, “Cracks in the Concrete” and “Frida Kahlo: The Little Deer.”
The first poem criticized the heavy weight of poet William Carlos Williams’ influence on the genre.
The number of people willing to read their work paled in comparison to last year’s release parties.
First-year Sins Editor-in-Chief Amelia Glebocki said anywhere from five to 15 people shared works at other Sins receptions she’s attended. This semester’s party featured just three readers.
“We actually had a lot of people with work in the magazine in attendance,” Glebocki said. “But I think a lot of them were just not that comfortable sharing their work like that.”
Because the party usually centers on contributors reading their work at the gathering, this semester’s reception lasted less than an hour. Falk said the large number of readers at last year’s pair of publication receptions was more of an exception rather than the rule.
“I think that the last reception was kind of a fluke in that I was able to get lots of folks to share,” he said. “It probably had something to do with my amazing powers of mind control.”
Even though a heavy turnover characterized this semester’s Cardinal Sins crew, first-year adviser Peter Barry said he was proud of the finished product.
“We are really excited about this year’s publication,” Barry said. “There has been a consistent group of writers from SVSU over the past few years and many of them have since graduated and are doing other things. This particular publication is interesting because we have seen a lot of new artists submitting work and becoming published.”
Cardinal Sins publishes once each semester. Both University students and faculty are eligible to submit works of poetry, fiction, art and photography.