Laura Hitt in Plain China

We received word months ago that Laura Hitt’s piece, “Grown-Ups,” was selected for publication in plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing 2012 and we  have been waiting excitedly to see it online.

Here’s what they said:

BENNINGTON, VT – Bennington College has launched the fourth issue of its annual anthology of premier poetry, fiction, and nonfiction selected from more than 80 American undergraduate literary journals. The new, year-round production schedule features new work posted monthly from publications of American University, Bard, Bennington, Boston College, Brown, Columbia College Chicago, Grinnell, Harvard, NYU, Susquehanna, Swarthmore, University of Tampa, and UC Berkeley, to name only a few. This is the fourth year of the anthology’s publication.

Issue Four includes work from Colorado, Dartmouth, Emerson, and Prescott Colleges, It also features an honorable mention in poetry—selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith—and artwork from Quinnipiac University, Oberlin, and Colorado Colleges, and the University of Vermont.

 As poetry judge and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith commented, “These young poets make me glad for the work that is in the works, all the poems that will begin, in the next few years, to make their way into wider circulation”— a sentiment that extends to prose writing as well. Check it out.

Congratulations Laura!

Read Laura’s beautiful story here:


Alligator Juniper 2013 Launch Event

Alligator Juniper 2013 Launch Event

NaPoWriMo AJ Style!

As the magazine does its thing at the printers, Alligator Juniper staff have decided to delight in the April celebration of NaPoWriMo or National Poetry Writing Month.

Yes, we know it’s already day three of April. This is not an excuse, but we’ve seriously been working night and day to format and bring to you—our writing family, fans, and loyal subscribers—the 18th issue of the magazine! So exciting, but we all need to just take a breather, sit back, read, and write poetry as we wait it’s arrival. To calm the nerves, you know.

On a rotating basis, the AJ office staff will be posting our own raw, uncooked, unrevised poetry. These are first drafts, y’all; that’s what it’s all about! We encourage all writers, no matter what your genre preferences, to give this NaPoWriMo a go. We would also like to invite our readers to post original poems in the comments. We will feature select poems along with our own throughout the month.

Keep connected: follow our blog and we’ll exchange the favor. Let’s generate some drafts for the National Writing Contest next fall…or just play, because spring, especially, is conducive to that!

Love, AJ Staff