Pitt-Bradford to Unveil 2018 Baily's Beads Literary Magazine

The 2018 edition of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s award-winning literary magazine will feature online components, such as musical compositions or audio renditions of performance poems.

The staff of Baily’s Beads will unveil this year’s issue at the Annual Literary Magazine Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons at Pitt-Bradford.

Edited by three writing majors, Isaac Payne, a sophomore from Kane, Jayden Pire, a senior from Oswayo, and Shahada Thomas, a sophomore from Chester, the 2018 volume incorporates a variety of work. That work included an immersion journalism piece, a play, a screenplay, poetry, literary fiction and genre fiction.

Readers will also be able to use web links or QR codes to hear original musical compositions and performance poetry read by the artist. In addition, the issue contains original digital photography and winners of a Seven Word Contest, for which authors wrote selections incorporating seven words selected by the staff – lurched, chortle, attic, incite icepack, beeswax and orifice.

Winners were Aaron Smith, a sophomore engineering student from New Bethlethem, for his poem “Remember”; Dan Jones, a senior applied mathematics major from Woodlyn, for his poem “Delilah and the Hopeless Romantic”; and Maya Bingaman, a junior international affairs major from Stevens, for her short story “Symptoms of a Different Reality.”

Additional staff members are Brianna Henry, a junior writing major from Smethport, art and layout; Amy Gaberseck, an interdisciplinary arts graduate from Smethport, design; former student Tyler Elias, Tabitha Gee-Battle, a freshman business management major from Philadelphia, and Shaun Stack, a senior psychology major from Jacksonville, Fla., assistant editors;

Former student Sidney Peralta of Bradford, publicity consultant; Patty Blakeslee ’17, former student Krizia Isamar Bruno, and Tricia Wright, a senior writing major from Meadville, general staff.

Advisors are Dr. Nancy McCabe, professor of writing and director of the writing program, and Anna Lemnitzer, assistant professor of art and director of interdisciplinary arts.

Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music, was music and performance coordinator.


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