by Sharon Pearson, Staff Writer

City Brink launches its first issue on Nov. 15, 2012.
Photo credit: Gayle Lilliana Blakely.

A Truman College magazine, “City Brink” launched its first issue yesterday at a private release party, where communications department faculty and contributing writers, poets and artists celebrated.

Communications department faculty and contributing writers, poets and artists celebrated City Brink’s first magazine issue at Truman College, on Nov. 15, 2012.
Photo credit: Gayle Lilliana Blakely.

Last October Communications professor Christine Aguila met with President Reagan Romali to request support for a literary magazine, according to Communications professor and City Brink faculty editor of  Joshua Thusat.

Following Romali’s immediate support of the magazine, Thusat and Communications professor Julie Dockery established a committee and recruited students Zaien Wasfi and Alaa Wasfie as editors of “City Brink.”

City Brink faculty editor and Communications professor Joshua Thusat and student editor Alaa Wasfie prepare for the launching of Truman’s first magazine at a release party held on Nov. 15, 2012.
Photo credit: Gayle Lilliana Blakely.

“Creative control always resided with the City Brink team,” said Thusat.  “We hope more student editors will join our team in the future.”

City Brink editor Alaa Wasfie reads her contribution prose, “Leaving,” at the magazine’s private release party held on Nov. 15, 2012.
Photo credit: Gayle Lilliana Blakely.

“We live in a diverse community, and our community needs a voice,” he said. “As I wrote in the beginning of the first issue, ‘My hope is that our magazine will remind us that, as we seek knowledge and skill, we should give voice to our time, and in our creativity, look up from our studies to mark its passage.’”

According to Thusat, City Brink will have another issue next fall.

“With the successful launch of the magazine at the release party … we hope that a reading event will make an appearance every semester as we lead up to (our next) publication,” he said.

When asked if copies of the magazine will be available to the public, Thusat replied, “The print version of the magazine is being distributed strategically so students can view it.”  He added that communications professors will be given a copy of the magazine, and that students can request to see the magazine from their English professors or view a copy at either the Cosgrove Library, the communications department (located in room 2915) or the Writing Center.

Thusat seeks new student editors and contributors for City Brink for the 2013 calendar year.

“Next year, we have a lot to live up to,” he said.  “We plan to recruit new editors to support the magazine.

“We also plan on expanding our online presence. I am beginning talks with several people to create a competition for the next cover artist.”

The City Brink team also seeks artists for their next issue and a new logo design for their magazine.  Artwork for the magazine needs to represent the Uptown community, according to Thusat, and submissions for art or logo ideas can be sent via e-mail to jdockery1@ccc.edu or jthusat@ccc.edu.

Guidelines for literary or art submissions can be found here.

The first “City Brink” issue can be found online here.

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