2013 Vortex set to launch April 16




CONTACT: Dr. Francie Bolter, (501) 450-5117; francieb@uca.edu

March 26, 2013


By Callie France

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — A launch party has been set for the 2013 edition of The Vortex, the University of Central Arkansas’s magazine of literature and fine art, on April 16 at 7 p.m. at Branch Outin Conway.

Branch Out is located at 1116 Oak Street.

Sarah Wilson, a senior writing major, was the editor for the 2013 edition of The Vortex. Lisa Ference, a senior creative writing major, was assistant editor. Dr. Francie Bolter, associate professor of writing, is the publication’s faculty adviser this semester.

The Vortex 39th edition is the largest Vortex to date, and there was still extremely competitive judging this year,” Wilson said. “We had the highest number of submissions ever, so it was definitely hard to decide on the best in each category. I believe this may be the highest quality of art and literature ever presented by The Vortex. In one word, this book is astounding.”

The launch party will consist of student readings, a display of artwork and distribution of the new edition. Free food and beverages will be provided.

“Included writers will read selections from the book in a gorgeous boutique setting, and there will be live music and food and beverages available for guests,” Ference said. “We are excited to have Branch Out, a leader in Conway’s creative commerce community, as a host for our event and expect a great turnout.”

Wilson said the launch party would be a celebration of much hard work.

“Our staff has worked incredibly hard to create the magazine this year, and now that we are almost there, I could not be more excited,” she said. “The launch party is such an excellent opportunity for not only me and the staff to show off our hard work, but also the students published in the magazine as well.”

The Vortex staff is made up of more than 30 students, a combination of volunteers and paid staff.

“I am so excited to hear the readings by published students,” Wilson said. “Nothing is better than hearing a work in the voice it was originally written in.”

Following the launch party, the new edition of The Vortex will be distributed throughout the campus.

For more information, contact Bolter at (501) 450-5117 or francieb@uca.edu.