JOHNSON CITY (April 10, 2013) – The 40th anniversary edition of The Mockingbird, the annual publication showcasing the creative abilities of East Tennessee State University students, will make its debut on Wednesday, April 17, at 8 p.m. at the Acoustic Coffeehouse Next Door, 415 W. Walnut Street in Johnson City. The event is part of the Department of Literature and Language’s regularly scheduled Open Mic Readings. The public is invited to attend and participate in this free program.
The Mockingbird is a collaborative effort of the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Literature and Language. The publication consists of four creative writing divisions: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and drama. A panel of judges determines the best entry in each category. Art submissions are selected through a contest within the Department of Art and Design.
The 40th issue of The Mockingbird is dedicated to Dr. Jack Higgs, writer, scholar, mentor and ETSU professor emeritus, whose many achievements encompass his role as “founding father” of the student literary arts magazine.
The current editor of the magazine, ETSU graduate student Catherine Pritchard Childress, has interspersed entries from across the past 40 years among the stories, poems and pictures representing the best that current students submitted.
The Mockingbird can be accessed by visiting http://www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/mockingbird/default.aspx . Hard copies are available in Burleson Hall or at the Charles C. Sherrod Library.