The Name’s Lotor


By Anne Penatello

The name’s Lotor, but when I was born, my mutha named me Reggie. She is a Brooklyn raccoon and mostly ate garbage while pregnant with my sisters and me. That’s why I have such distaste for the stuff—garbage that is. You see, I’m just y’ average campus raccoon who’s got no tolerance for trash and some might say that doesn’t make me average at all. You see, most raccoons go Yonkers for trash, but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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POV: A Literary Choose-Your-Own-Adventure


By Jiaming Tang

Trying to decide on a narrative point-of-view can feel like trying to pick a country to vacation in. Just like how vacationers might say: “Japan is beautiful but China is cheaper,” a writer might say: “First-person constructs a colorful narrative experience, but third-person offers a more objective view of the world.” Continue reading “POV: A Literary Choose-Your-Own-Adventure”

The Right Kind of Romanticism

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By Lucas Tromblee

How many shots at writing a poem does it take be a poet? A long answer short: more than a couple. To go out in the woods with a gun doesn’t make you a hunter. Neither do deer head mounts on your wall. A hunter is what he claims to be in a few short, definitive moments. Those are the analogous moments when the poet is writing a poem. So much discussion around poetry has so little to do with writing it. Writing it is what matters. Whether you’re a poet before or after is just semantics. Continue reading “The Right Kind of Romanticism”

Transforming the Neuberger: Should the Admired Museum Exhibit Student Work?


By Chris Sommerfeldt

Purchase is arguably one of SUNY’s most prominent arts campuses with nationally acclaimed music, dance, and art conservatories. Student artwork adorns administrative offices as well as dining halls; the college president regularly sends out calls for public art installations and students are provided resources to put on their own shows and exhibitions.

To say the least, the college encourages artistry.

There is, however, one place on campus where student artwork surprisingly plays no part: the Neuberger Museum of Art. Continue reading “Transforming the Neuberger: Should the Admired Museum Exhibit Student Work?”

Talking with Susan Breen

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By Jamison Murcott

This semester, Italics Mine had the opportunity to sit down and interview author Susan Breen, who’s new mystery series, Maggie Dove, will be digitally released on June 14, 2016. Here’s an excerpt of the interview, which will be published in Italics Mine’s upcoming issue.

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