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Department of Literature and Language

The Mockingbird

The Mockingbird  is the student literary/arts magazine published as a partnership between the East Tennessee State University Department of Literature and Language and the Department of Art & Design.

The Mockingbird staff and contributors are all students, some submitting their creative works for the first time. Traditionally, the call for literary submissions occurs early during the fall semesters. The Department of Literature and Language does not manage art submissions for The Mockingbird; the Department of Art & Design provides work from its annual student awards. We encourage all ETSU students to participate in creating The Mockingbird.

Jacob VinesJacob Vines is the editor of The Mockingbird’s 42nd issue. Vines received a B.A. in English from ETSU in 2013, and is now pursuing an M.A. He is interested in American fiction and poetry, 19th-century Landscape Painting, Folklore, critical theory, and, of course, creative composition. Vines has published works in previous editions of The Mockingbird in both poetry and drama. He is currently conducting research for his MA Thesis, which explores connections between the Hudson River Artists and portrayals of landscape in literature in 19th-century America. Vines has spent much of his life in the region surrounding Johnson City, and is drawn to the rich lore of Appalachia.

Beginning with the 2010/2011 issue, The Mockingbird began a new fixed format for publication. The magazine appreciates the assistance of the ETSU Press in making this change; we especially appreciate Jeanette Henry's design expertise. You can read the full texts of the 2010/2011 and 2012 issues in this site's archive, where we will also begin to post representative pieces from our entire publishing history. The uploading of the archive is a time-consuming project, so please bear with us.

Thank you for visiting our website; if you are an ETSU student, we hope to receive some of your work for consideration for an upcoming issue of The Mockingbird.

We invite all currently enrolled ETSU students to consider submitting literary work to The Mockingbird. Download the forms here: PDF


Undergraduate playwrights should submit to East Carolina University's Bill Hallberg Award in Creative Writing. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2014. See flyer here for details.



Mockingbird 2014Download the 2014 issue of The Mockingbird here.
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