12/05/13 10:04 am Age: 267 days

New Gadfly Released

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By: Brooklynn Larson

Journal of Art and Literature Longtime WWU Tradition

Gadfly Submission by Cedric Thiel: Confocal Micrograph of Lunch Epithelium No.3.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the latest edition of the Gadfly was featured at a release party in the Fine Arts Center. From 6 to 7 p.m., presentations from contributors published in the 2011-2013 edition of Walla Walla University's Journal of Art and Literature shared their work with the audience.

The Gadfly was first printed in 1937 and has been printed annually or semi-annually ever since. Historically, the journal has been a simple, yet beautiful collection of writing and art from the immediate on-campus community. Since 2004, however, the journal has expanded its horizons and taken on full color printing a more book-like structure, and contributions from all over the world. The 2011 and 2013 editions, for instance, contains submissions from Michigan, Wyoming, Egypt, Iowa, California, Minnesota, and more. The content published in the Gadfly can range from photographs, paintings, poetry, and mathematical formulas, to interviews, musical compositions, collages, drawings, and stories. The unofficial motto of the publication, “Anything elegant”, holds true in this most recent issue as the 2011 and 2013 editions of the Gadfly display such an array of different perspectives.

The Gadfly is edited and produced entirely by students, a process celebrated by WWU’s chair of the Humanities department and co-sponsor of the Gadfly, Dan Lamberton. “The students have exclusive control of the editorial decisions,” he says. This freedom allows students to create their own take on one of Walla Walla University’s core values – Beauty in Expression. In an interview with the Independent Colleges of Washington, Lamberton commented that the editorial process is an important learning experience for students. “The most important skill learned is judgment,” he says. “The students have to decide what they don’t like and be able to say why. They also learn skills of tact and verbal precision as they help other students whose work is close to finished see what must be done to create a publishable document.”

To purchase the 2011-2013 edition of the Gadfly, you can pick up a copy at Walla Walla University’s Bookstore.

If you are interested in contributing to the next edition of the Gadfly, contact Andrea Johnson at gadfly@wallawalla.edu. Submissions are due by December 31, 2013.

Published December 6, 2013.


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