It is my first issue as Speakeasy faculty editor, and I am excited to bring this work
to you. My goal is to publish quality writing and visual art produced by students
and staff affiliated with the Auburn Hills campus of OCC. Writers and artists in this
issue include students, staff, and even a few alumni. I’ve also included work from
our April 2009 Writing from the Edge show, a dialogue between poets and images from
the forgotten corners of our campus.
I want to thank Jessica Newman, who helped me select the “Who Am I” poems from Valencia Vanner and Bobby Tenorio for the 2008 student poetry prize. Jessica has partnered with me to help bring about a resurgence in interest in poetry on our campus this year. I am grateful for her stake in, and enthusiasm, for, this venture.
I also want to thank my colleagues in the Auburn Hills Department of English for the opportunity to edit Speakeasy, Dean Henry Tanaka for his undying support for writing related events on campus, and President Pat Dolly for her belief in bringing art to students.
And than you, dear reader, for supporting Speakeasy through readership and submissions.