‘Quirk’ staff sets April 12 release

By John Paul Coronado


The 2016 spring edition of the Quirk literary journal will be unveiled at a release party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

The party, which will feature selected presentations of the journal’s prose, poetry and art contents, will be in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of J.E. and L.E Mabee Library.

Copies of the new book will also be available for $10.

It features original art such as photography, paintings, poems, short stories and essays. While the majority of submissions were from University of the Incarnate Word students and faculty, this year alumni were allowed to send in pieces.

For the first time this year’s submissions were submitted through a website called Submittable, a fast and secure platform used by other organizations, publishers and schools.

“At least 200 submission total [were] submitted this year for the ’16 issue of the Quirk,” said Dr. Joshua Robbins, an assistant professor of English who teaches ENGL 3365, the Editing and Publishing class which produces the journal.

Students in the class select the pieces through a blind submission process. After organizing the journal, the class collaborates with Professor Doris Palmer-McManus and her graphic art students to organize the journal’s layout.

The literary journal started almost 30 years ago under the name, The Thing Itself. At the time, three of San Antonio’s Catholic colleges — Incarnate Word College (now UIW), Our Lady of the Lake University, and St. Mary’s University — formed a group and conjured the journal.

However, the group ended its three-school collaborative in 1983. After it disbanded, Dr. Jo LeCoeur, now a retired UIW English professor, continued the journal onto the UIW campus and changed the name to Expressions. In 1995 Expressions became Quirk.


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