I'd argue that all creative writers remember the first time they were published.
For me it was in 2001, when I had a poem in the first (and unfortunately only) issue of a magazine called The Grassy Knoll. I still remember how excited I felt when I received my copy and read my words in print. Finally, I thought, I was a "real" poet.
During the years, I have continued to publish my work, but I'll never forget the thrill of that first time.
As the faculty adviser for Farrago, the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County's literary and art magazine, I get to witness students experience that same thrill each spring when the magazine is published.
Producing Farrago entails a lot of hard work. Throughout the year, members of the magazine'sstaff must fundraise, ask writers and artists to submit work, select the pieces they want to publish and lay out and proofread the pages before they're sent to the printer.
One of the many pleasures of being the club's adviser is knowing that each volume of Farrago will preserve the work of its contributors and editors for years to come. Long after the students have moved on to four-year universities or the workforce, copies of the magazine will remain on the shelves of the Hamilton Roddis Memorial Library and The Learning Center on our campus, just waiting to be read and enjoyed.
In the past, Farrago has welcomed submissions of art, poetry, fiction and essays from students on our campus. This year, the magazine's staff has decided to include campus faculty and staff members as well as anyone who lives in the city of Marshfield or in Wood County. Our goal is not only to broaden the audience of Farrago but to make it truly representative of the community of which we are a part.
If you would like to have your work considered for publication in the 2014 issue of Farrago, please send up to five poems, a story or essay of up to six double-spaced pages or a photograph attachment of artwork to email@example.com. You also should include your name, home mailing address and the title of the work(s). Please help us make this year's Farrago the best ever.
The opportunity for students to publish their writing or artwork is just one of the ways students can get involved at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. Learn more at www.marshfield.uwc.edu or call 715-389-6530.