By Yosi Ortiz
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The spring semester Editing and Publishing class is working on the 2013 edition of Quirk, a literary journal that will be available in print – and for the first time, online, as well.
Sponsored by the Department of English, the journal has been around about 30 years at the University of the Incarnate Word. At first it was a collaboration of UIW and its two, sister Catholic institutions, Our Lady of the Lake University and St. Mary’s University.
When this collaboration ended, the journal at UIW became “Expressions” and in 1995 became Quirk. However, it was not a fine arts or literary journal but “A Journal of Collegiate Inquiry and Debate – see http://www.uiw.edu/quirk. Later on, Quirk began to focus more on creativity and simply art, which is what it has stayed up to this day.
Dr. Tanja Stampfl, an assistant professor of English who is teaching the course responsible for Quirk, said students are in charge of criteria for the submission’s evaluations, editing pieces and the design and layout of the journal. And they reap the benefits, she said.
“Students benefit in three ways: they can take the class and be an active part in creating this journal. They can submit their work and thus gain visibility and recognition for their work. It is a publication, and even though we are not as selective as other journals, we only accept the best submissions. Lastly, students who buy and read the journal can recognize how talented their peers, co-workers and teachers are.”
She also said that not only students but also the university itself benefits since UIW is grounded in liberal arts.
One of the advantages Quirk has is how anyone at UIW can submit their works, including faculty, staff and students. The requirements for submissions call for original works and those who have fulfilled the prerequisite, which is World Literature.
Not only will Quirk be available as a hard copy, but this year there will be an electronic version for sale as well.
“I hope for the future of Quirk, it gains more visibility and our incoming students become aware of it, so they will submit their art or take the class,” Stampfl said.