December 1, 2022

Open Poetry Reading brings pixie literary magazine to the stage

Concordia’s literary community unites for Night of Lyrics, Limericks and Longing

Immense talent, vulnerability and pleasure on display at the inaugural event of literary magazine Pixie. Photo Jaime Kerr

On September 30, pixie literary journal held an open poetry reading at the Hive Cafe. The magazine, whose first two semiannual print issues will appear this academic year, strives to make the voices of female and non-binary authors heard.

leprechaun is the brainchild of Julia Bifulco, a third-year English Literature student majoring in Classical Languages ​​and Literature. Bifulco, who has long had an interest in cultivating a stronger literary culture at Concordia, said she first thought of leprechaun after failing to secure the editorship of Concordia’s undergraduate literary journal Soliloquies Anthology.

“There is, of course, a literary community… for [students], but I really wanted to have something that connected people with other writers,” she said. “I always say that I never feel more like a writer than when I’m a reader. It’s the most inspiring when I read something really great by someone I know. Now I want to go ahead and do something similar.

Bifulco said that after consulting with Sabrina Papandrea, president of the Concordia Association for English Language Students, about funding and the structure of the letterhead, leprechaun began its recruitment process. The magazine now has three content editors, as well as an editor and three editors who will provide content online leading to the publication of its print issues at the end of each semester.

For Bifulco, publishing should be a conversation between writers and publishers. She explained that all authors whose submissions are accepted leprechaun will be associated with a specific content editor to facilitate this. Bifulco said this was also the reasoning behind leprechaun open poetry night, explaining that she wanted to cultivate a space where writers could share their work at all stages of development.

In addition to planting stronger literary roots for Concordia writers, Bifulco is considering leprechaun as a platform vector for female and non-binary authors [though everyone is encouraged to submit].

“[It’s] less a space where you are defined by your gender, and more a space to interact with these themes and submit something that is very specific to the existence of youth or discovering your gender identity,” he said. she declared.

Bifulco’s enthusiasm was shared by the forty people present. Writers of all levels and from a variety of academic backgrounds – the vast majority of whom were women and non-binary people – participated. Poems were read from copies of published literary journals, crumpled pieces of paper, printed materials, and the notes app on writers’ phones. The Hive’s ceiling lights illuminated the performers like impromptu spotlights.

The diversity of the exhibited works reflects leprechaun mandate to examine all forms of writing for publication. Poetry, music, sections of prose works and even an essay on the history of poetic events at Concordia were presented by the participants. A thunderous applause followed the performance of each speaker.

Pixie staff writer Nina Dumornay performs a poem. Courtesy of Julia Bifulco

Creative writing student Leslie Simpliciano-Szigeti performed several original songs on guitar. They came out as a trans person on stage and declared their agreement with leprechaun mandate to provide an inclusive space for female and non-binary writers.

“Shout at the women! she exclaims before launching into an improvised instrumental piece.

Also present at the event were executive members of CASE, Soliloquies Anthology and other Concordia English and creative writing student associations. Papandrea herself recited several poems and announced CASE’s support for the budding literary magazine.

Christa Fusaro, who was among the performers, is a fourth-year English and Creative Writing student and one of leprechaun new staff writers. She said she was excited about the conversational approach to writing and editing leprechaun plans to contribute to the literary community of Concordia.

“What I think is really important about these events is [open] readings,” she said. “Writing something and having someone read it is different from having that author say it out loud. It really changes the way people might perceive the room.

Morgan Kittson, one of leprechaun content editors, agreed and said she was excited about the nearly limitless possibilities of what can be submitted to the magazine.

“Prose, poetry or visual art, I want [to see] something that crosses borders that wouldn’t be found in these established journals,” she said. “There’s just something so exciting about someone showing up with this raw piece of art that you can help them process.”

The reading lasted two hours and brought together participants who had registered in advance as well as an open-mic part where everyone was invited to read.

Finley Briggs-Webb was the last poet to perform. She said it was the first time she had read her poems aloud to an audience and thanked leprechaun to foster a space where the work of all writers was welcome.

“I am first and foremost a reader, and people read really good poetry here,” she said. “It’s so important to remember that poetry doesn’t have to be [finished] make sense. »

leprechaun is currently open for submissions from everyone until October 7th. Anyone wishing to submit should send their work to Their first issue will appear in print towards the end of the fall semester.