SUNY Purchase’s “Italics Mine” Literature Magazine Unveils Their 16th Issue

Italics Mine releases their 16th issue of literary work by the SUNY Purchase community.

Purchase, NY – 1 May, 2019 – On May 1, 2019, at 4:30 in the Buffer Room of the Admissions Building, Italics Mine will release the 16th installment of their student run literary magazine. Comprised of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, interviews and book reviews, issue 16 features the work of 45 SUNY Purchase contributors, including work by Winnie Richards, Liv Rouse, and Gio Martin. Contributors will read from their work and copies of the issue and branded merchandise will be available for sale. A light reception will follow the readings.

When asked about the launch of issue 16,Trisha Murphy, a student editor on both the events & poetry boards says, “Italics Mine has been an experience unlike any other. Working one on one with contributors has been so exciting, and provided me with experience I would not have gained elsewhere.” Christina Baulch, a literature major, says of the editing process, “As an editor, I really enjoyed getting to connect with the variety of talent on our campus. Our contributors come from across the disciplines, so it was a joy getting to know them through our correspondence.”

Issue 16 is a culmination of two semesters worth of student collaborative editing as part of a two-sequence course entitled Editing & Production, taught by Creative Writing Assistant Professor Mehdi Okasi. The journal opened for submissions in fall of 2018 and the student editorial boards have been diligently reviewing and evaluating submissions over the course of two semesters on a rolling basis. The May 1st launch party celebrates the hard work of the editorial staff by providing a platform for new student creative work. More information about the magazine can be found online at

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. Italics Mine aims to further student writers and help them grow with assistance from their editors.

Mitchell Angelo, Poetry and Art Editor

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?”