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Literary journal is a great read - and it's a career boost for writers

January 30, 2012

Colorado Review, one of CSU's oldest and most renowned publications, offers more than great fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews.

Stephanie G'Schwind, editor of the Colorado Review and director of the Center for Literary Publishing.“Publication in the journal often leads to bigger things in writers’ professional lives – book publications, teaching positions, and tenure, for example,” said Stephanie G’Schwind, editor of the Review and director of the Center for Literary Publishing. Stories, essays and poems have recently been reprinted in Best Travel Writing and Best Food Writing and listed among the Notable Essays and Distinguished Stories lineup in the Best American Essays and Short Stories series.

Writers from all over the world submit pieces for consideration, and almost the entire process of publishing – from selecting manuscripts to copyediting, design, and subscription management – is done on campus, said G’Schwind, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at CSU and has been working with the magazine since 1998. She has been editor since 2003. “The only thing we don’t do is put ink on paper,” G’Schwind said. “Other than that, all facets of the Review live right here on this campus.”

Outreach to rural communities

In 2010, the Review received a National Endowment for the Arts grant that allowed the magazine to give two-year subscriptions to 150 rural Colorado public libraries, many of which face funding cuts.

“Additionally, many of these rural communities don’t have independent or big franchise bookstores,” G’Schwind said. “So some writers in these communities may be unaware there are literary journals like ours. And journals like Colorado Review are where writers often start their writing careers.”

The Review not only furthers writers’ careers, but teaches interns how to run a publication.

Career help in unexpected ways

About 20 graduate students from the English department participate in the Center’s publishing internship each year.

Since starting her internship, Sue Ring deRosset, a first-year graduate student majoring in creative writing, has honed her skills in copyediting and proofreading under G’Schwind.

“It’s been the best experience of my semester for sure,” Ring deRosset said. “This is the first time I’ve worked with something on a large scale like this, and it’s just really neat to be a part of this process.”

Ring deRosset attributes her positive experiences to G’Schwind. “She’s a wonder to work with,” Ring deRosset said. “She not only knows the art, science, history, and all the ins and outs of this business of publishing, but she’s willing to share it all with us.”

The Center for Literary Publishing recently received a two-year NEA grant to begin the Mountain West Poetry Series. The grant supports the publication of four poetry books by authors living in the Mountain West region and presents students with even more opportunities to practice publishing skills.

Dazzling the publishing industry

Angie Hodapp (‘10), a contracts and royalties manager at the Nelson Literary Agency in Denver, said her internship with Colorado Review has helped her throughout her entire career – and not necessarily in the most expected ways.

 “Stephanie was the one who encouraged me to attend the Publishing Institute, an intensive four-week, graduate-level program at the University of Denver,” she said. “My experience at the Review not only helped me get accepted to DPI, but it also helped me dazzle everyone there during the very challenging copyediting course!”

After graduating from DPI, she worked as a project manager at a small company that published resources for teachers and administrators.

“Besides all that tough copyediting stuff, I had to know how to turn a manuscript into a book. From talking to an author about his work to typesetting and proofing, and from obtaining ISBNs (a numeric commercial book identifier) and registering copyrights to communicating with printers and shippers, I constantly called up the skills I learned at the Review.”

At the Nelson Literary Agency, Hodapp audits clients’ royalty statements, handles contract negotiations, and tracks foreign-rights and other subrights deals.

Find the Colorado Review online. Discounted yearly subscriptions of the Review are available to CSU faculty, staff, and alumni.