HNU Literary Journal Explores Social Justice Themes

Between the Lines, HNU’s new online literary journal, launched its first issue in April. The journal publishes poetry and creative nonfiction with a social justice emphasis.

The journal’s editor-in-chief, Belo Cipriani, says that he was drawn to the online format “because it would be paperless, eco-friendly, and accessible to people with print disabilities.” He chose to focus on nonfiction and social justice themes, since he wanted the journal to deal with real events that tied to the University’s mission.

Students participated in the journal in conjunction with the class Online Journal: Literature and Social Justice, which is taught by Cipriani, the University’s writer-in-residence. For its inaugural issue, the journal received more than 100 submissions from the United Kingdom, Africa, and throughout the United States. Cipriani and the students, Prose Editor Michelle Morgan and Poetry Editor Andrew Taw, selected the authors who would be included in the first issue of Between the Lines.

“The students in the class read every submission and voted on each piece they felt fit the voice of the journal,” Cipriani said. “When considering poems or essays for the journal, the student editors looked for a strong message and literary merit.”

The April 23 launch party included readings from several of the authors whose work was selected for the journal, including Sandra Wassilie, the winner of the Celestine Award. The Celestine Award recognizes exceptional and thought-provoking work in poetry. Daisy Zamora served as the judge of the Celestine Award; she is the author of five books of poetry, including The Violent Foam and Life for Each. J. Weintraub earned the journal’s Anthony Award, which acknowledges revolutionary nonfiction. Greg Archer, a writer, editor, and television host, served as the award judge.

“I am very proud of the students in the class and of the final publication,” Cipriani said. To read the first issue of Between the Lines, click here.



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