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Undergraduate literary magazine premieres at New Mexico State University

Fusion, an undergraduate literary magazine that premiered at New Mexico State University Aug. 30, is providing students at the university with an outlet for their creative expressions.



Fusion, an undergraduate literary magazine that premiered at the university Aug. 30, is providing students at New Mexico State University with an outlet for their creative expressions.

The distribution of the 55-page annual magazine was the culmination of two years of reviewing submissions, scrounging for funds and selling the idea to the Publication and Communications Board, which oversees student publications. Fusion is both a journalism and fine arts magazine and accepts submissions of prose, poetry, art and feature articles.

Two hundred submissions were received for the first issue, and 29 were selected for publication. Editor P.J. Standlee said the response to the first issue has been great, and he hopes to build on that success with an even better second issue.

Standlee said the idea for the new publication was born from the demise of the student literary magazine El Ojito. Standlee wanted to take over El Ojito in 1999, but professors urged him instead to gather a group of students interested in putting together a magazine and start fresh.

Echo, another former student literary magazine, also ceased publication in the 1990s. Echo was funded by the Associated Students of New Mexico State University.

Standlee and his comrades wanted a magazine independent from any department on campus so they would be able to draw from a variety of resources. "This magazine is here to serve all of the students and faculty at New Mexico State. That's the whole idea," Standlee said.

Fusion's first issue was made up entirely of undergraduate submissions, but graduate submissions are welcome.

Funding for Fusion came from the Publication and Communications Board, the Round Up, KRUX-FM, and the journalism, English, art and honors departments. The first issue's total cost was $9,000.

Standlee said the magazine will always be free to the campus population, but he does intend to sell the magazine outside of the campus in the future.

Copies of the magazine are available in the journalism, English and art departments. Submissions for the next issue, expected out next fall, are being accepted and should be sent to nmsufusion@yahoo.com in a text or Microsoft Word format. Those wishing to submit art should leave a message at the address and will be contacted.

Standlee hopes to post all materials on the Web, but he said it will take at least six months before that vision becomes a reality. An Internet location has not yet been established, but a link will be posted at http://education.nmsu.edu/fusion.

Submissions will most likely be posted until the next issue comes out and will be indexed by authors and artists, with a browsing option included.

Photo is available at http://kiernan.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/fusion.jpg.
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