Italics Mine showcases the new, creative literary voices of Purchase College students—majors and non-majors alike—through print and web. The diversity of the student population is reflected in the pieces we strive to share with the entire college community.
About the Program
The Lilly Lieb Port creative writing program is a highly selective and structured BA program that shares features of the college’s arts programs.
The purpose of this program is to offer motivated, talented, and committed students a dynamic context and community in which to explore all aspects of creative writing.
As an integral part of the program, readings are held each semester by students, faculty, alumni who have published their writing, and professional writers. Editors and other members of the publishing world are also invited to speak and share their expertise with students.
Thank You To Our Donors
past and present, without whose support, the print publication of Italics Mine would not be possible.
An initial gift from Lilly Lieb Port (the Creative Writing Program’s namesake) made it possible to establish the Creative Writing Program. Subsequent gifts and donations from Lilly paid for programming, visiting writers, as well as early issues of Italics Mine. A staunch supporter of the program, Lilly attended many classes over the years getting to know the students and sharing her wealth of knowledge.
An endowed gift from Ginny Wray, has made possible our annual poetry and fiction writing contests for current students in the program. Ginny, a writer herself, found support in a close-knit community of writers and her generous gift makes it possible for talented students to be recognized and supported.
The Roy & Shirley Durst Endowment, which, since 2012, has made possible the Durst Distinguished Lecture series, bringing to campus renowned authors to engage with the Purchase community about their creative work, craft, and process. In this double issue, you’ll find interviews with two such authors: David Means (Issue 17, p.46) and Quan Barry (Issue 18, p.51).
The generous support of the Durst family makes the print publication of this double issue possible. This past year, so much of what we used to be able to reach out and touch has seemingly vaporized—or rather—digitized. How increasingly important it has become then to be able to make something, to make it beautifully, to hold it in our hands. The importance of this cannot be overstated. This year’s team managed to turn a lost opportunity into finished product; having this tangible double issue now, and the support to print more issues moving forward, wouldn’t have been possible if not for our donors, so thank you for your gift!