The first volume of Loras College’s new national undergraduate literary magazine, published in Spring 2011, received a highly favorable review in, an exhaustive online listing of creative writing magazines and journals across the country.

Reviewer Julie Nichols wrote, in part:           

 National undergraduate literary magazine, Catfish Creek.

Loras College, the Catholic liberal arts college in Dubuque, Iowa, has inaugurated what I think is long overdue and should be welcomed with huzzahs from East to West: Catfish Creek, a literary journal “intended as a showcase for undergraduate writers from across the country and around the world.” O ye scads of undergraduate creative writing majors, minors, and hopefuls, and all those who teach and mentor said scads, should unite in praise of the concept—and the execution. Demonstrating the variety and depth of which undergrads are capable, this is a very fine first volume. May there be many more!        

Click here to read the full review.

Editors for the first volume were: Editor-in-Chief Brigette Yanes (’11); Fiction Editor Sarah Riesberg (’11); Nonfiction Editor Maria Rauen (’11); and Poetry Editor Annie Newberry (’12).

The order form for Volume 2 of Catfish Creek is now available from the English Department webpage. Volume 2 features undergraduate writers from Susquehanna University, Concordia University in Quebec, Bowling Green State University, Northwestern University, University of Central Florida, and more. The prefatory piece is an interview with author Alan Heathcock, author of the short story collection Volt.  His work has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Kenyon Review, VQR, Five Chapters, Storyville, and The Harvard Review.  Heathcock delivered a reading at Loras College in Spring 2011. 

Editors for the 2012 volume were Editor-in-Chief Brigette Yange (December ’11); Fiction Editor Jeremy Siegert (’12); Poetry Editor Annie Newberry (’12); and Nonfiction Editor Vincent Willauer (’13).

Editors for Volume 3, to be published in Spring 2013, have recently been named.  They are:  Editor-in-Chief Logan Benson (’13); Fiction Editor Kylie George (’13); Nonfiction Editor: Tira Hepker (’13); and Poetry Editor: Andrea Berns (’15);

The Faculty Advisor of Catfish Creek is Associate Professor of English, William Jablonsky, who has completed his fourth year teaching at Loras College.








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