About the Nieve Roja Review

Mission Statement

The Nieve Roja Review is a diverse electronic literary journal, devoted to providing publishing opportunities for new and established writers and artists. This journal serves three purposes: first, publish quality fiction and poetry, thoughtful and innovative criticism, intriguing interviews, and compelling art work; second, offer editorial opportunities for graduate students to learn about html and web page design, as well as offer experience reading and editing; third, give students experience working on and managing a journal. Our main objective is for the journal to be easily accessible, both technologically and rhetorically. This on-line publication will remain free to the internet community and will provide a space for a multitude of voices and contributors with vastly different experiences. Decisions about this student-run publication will be made by the editorial board.

About the Staff

Jill Darling, managing editor, is working on an MFA in poetry at CSU. Her current interests include racing mice through cheese mazes, painting saw blades, and goldpanning.

Oz Spies, fiction editor, is working on an MFA in fiction at CSU. She loves to party with characters from classic British novels and spend hours in her studio, painting images of fruit.

Rosie Turner, non-fiction editor, is working on an MA in Communication Development at CSU. Rosie enjoys hiking through fields of poppies and is planning on being the first person to give birth to a live cat.

Nicole Ashton, special editor, is working on an MA in Communication Development at CSU. Nicole is a full-time wine connoisseur who enjoys underthings made of cashmere and animals without fur.

Cathy Ackerson Rogers, assistant editor, is working on an MA in Communication Development at CSU. Cathy has many wonderful tales about her coming-out debutante ball. She is a southern belle with a fresh accent from Kentucky and a knack for making sweet tea.

Demetrios Godenitz, assistant editor, is working on an MA in Communication Development at CSU. Demetrios can be seen swimming in speedos on the weekends (he actually is a body double for David Hasselhof on Baywatch).

Beth Etter, assistant editor, is working on an MA in Communication Development at CSU. Beth's hobbies include pogosticking, making organic jellies, and perming hair.

Shelle Barton, technical editor, is working on an MFA in fiction at CSU. Shelle enjoys unique outhouses, kiteboarding, and books about all the uses of plastic wrap.

Trish Klei, design editor, is working on an MA in Communication Development at CSU. She is interested in designing mouth-watering web pages and surfing the waves of the Poudre as the snow melts down from the mountain peaks above.

Mike Palmquist, faculty advisor, is a Professor in the English Department at CSU. His interests include computers and writing, writing across the curriculum, and hypertext document design.

The History of the Review

In 1995, Mark Smallwood, an MFA candidate in fiction, approached Mike Palmquist, an English professor at CSU, and suggested the idea of starting a new literary journal that would be published on the Internet and linked to the English Department's home page. Mark and Mike wrote a proposal for the journal and submitted it to Pattie Cowell, chair of the department. Mark Sanchez, another MFA candidate, had spoken with Mark Smallwood about starting an online journal and got involved with the project. Their main goal was to create an online publication that would include interviews with authors, quality fiction and poetry, literary criticism, and nonfiction work. Mark Smallwood left the program in the spring of 1996. That fall, Mike suggested that I work with Mark Sanchez to start the journal as part of my master's project. Mark and I wanted to maintain the original vision for the journal. We wanted the journal to be completely student run and include diverse work from authors both within and outside the CSU community. Mark created the name "nieve roja" (red snow) because it reflects the Colorado and cultural influences on the publication. We wanted the design of the journal to be attractive, but simple and easy to navigate. Our hope was that the journal would benefit from the hypertext medium, but not be completely driven by it. The Nieve Roja Review will probably move in new directions as future editors bring their own visions to the project. However, the Review will continue to publish quality work and provide it free to the Internet community. We hope that readers and writers alike will find this journal a useful space for sharing their work and ideas.

--Marla Cowell

Join the Review Staff

The Nieve Roja Review is published twice a year, in the spring and fall. We need people interested in:

Critical Essays
Creative NonFiction
Visual Art
Online Publishing

If you are a graduate student at CSU in any discipline, you are invited to help with the next issue. Besides giving you excellent design and editing experience, working on the Review may provide you with internship credit you can use toward your degree. If you're interested in joining the staff of this online literary magazine, send us an email today: mike.palmquist@colostate.edu

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