Snow Island Review Releases 26th Issue

By Anna Jackson, SIR editor

The FMU Literary and Art Journal, Snow Island Review, published and released its 26th volume on April 18th in the Lee Nursing Auditorium. Around 40 students, parents, and faculty came out to celebrate the release of the journal. The release party featured readings by the authors of their published works and a display of the artwork that was printed in the journal.

SIR poster

The official cover and poster for the 26th issue

The journal features poetry, short stories, photography, and visual artwork created by the students of Francis Marion University. The work published in the journal is selected for publication by a student panel of staff members and editors. After work is submitted, staff members read the works and then deliberate and vote on what they want to see in the journal. Works that receive majority vote are then accepted for publication.

This year’s issue represents exactly what the journal itself represents. In the preface to the journal, I say that the works contained within it are the unadulterated experiences, thoughts, and feelings of the students at FMU. I, along with many others, find writing as an escape. It is not always about love and heartbreak. It is not always about topics you are comfortable discussing, but it is life. Life does not have a censor; therefore, neither does writing. Snow Island Review allows all voices on all topics the chance to be heard, along with the chance to be a published author or artist. That is the message myself and the staff strived for with this year’s volume.

SIR Contributors

The contributors for the 26th issue gather in front of one of the images featured this year.

As Editor-in-Chief of Snow Island Review, I could not be more pleased with the work that was put into this year’s journal and the quality of work that we had the privilege to publish. The staff, especially my editorial team, came together and put in the extra work that was need for this publication to run smoothly. This year’s editorial staff included myself, Amber Griffith, Mason A. Jones, Corbin E. Witt, Christina Xan, Trey Brown, and Joshua Smith. The other staff members include Claudia Almazan, Amy Benton, Kim Boswell, Lucas Berry, Summer Rae Bradham, Zachary Bullard, Rebekah Davis, Aidan Humphrey, Kendria Mason, Jake Pack, Justin Scott, Nisheeka Simmons, Kyle Stewart, and Taylor Whisnant. Also, Dr. Mica Hilson served as the faculty advisor of the journal. I would like to thank each of these individuals along with the English Department for their continued support to Snow Island Review.

Hilson at podium

Dr. Mica Hilson, faculty adviser, introduces his students.


SIR accepts poetry, short stories, photography, and visual artwork.

We are always looking to expand on staff members; there are no requirements other than showing up and participating. Also, we will begin working on next year’s journal in the fall and will be taking submissions of any kind to consider for the next issue of the journal. For more information or to ask any questions, you can contact the staff at

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team for Issue #26. Join this talented group in the fall by emailing the staff at the address above.

Frosted or Glazed?

On March 22, the English Department’s Pastries with Profs event once again enticed students with coffee, juice, and sugary goodness while promoting Summer and Fall courses. English major Christina Xan grabbed some photos in between bites:

Good food, good people

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Pastries with Professors Is Coming Up!

It’s back! Our biannual “Pastries with the Professors” event.

A special invitation for those interested in majoring or minoring in English or a Modern Language… or for anyone who wants to know more about these programs, classes, and faculty.

Every semester, the English faculty open the doors to the Faculty Lounge and invite students in for some sweet treats, coffee, juice, and conversation.  This semester, faculty from Modern Languages will be part of the fun.

Look at all the sweet treats waiting for you!

This smorgasbord greeted nearly 100 students at the spring Pastries With Professors event.

You’re invited!  Stop by for a snack and learn more about classes that will be offered by the English and Modern Languages Department.  You can find descriptions of classes, recommendations for what to take next, and donuts.


Bring questions! Bring your friends! Bring an appetite!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Founders Hall 105 (Faculty Lounge)

Meet Jason Owens

This fall, Jason Owens became one of three new faculty members to join the English Department.  We asked him to tell us about himself and what he brings to FMU.

Q. Tell us a little about your research. In what areas do you research? What was your dissertation about? Any future plans?

Jason OwensMy research interests include Black social and political thought, the systemic, institutional, and technological forms of violence against youth in the United States, and the impact/influence of privatization/corporatization on operations, curriculum implementation, and values orientations in public schools. My dissertation focuses on social reconstruction theory in education, particularly the work of Theodore Brameld, and the theory’s radical instructive influence on the values, vision, and mission of public education in the United States. In the future, my research plans are to engage social reconstruction philosophy with different areas of youth culture. I plan to offer social reconstruction theory as a force to defend violent capitalistic onslaughts against the youth, as well as offer awareness to the contemporary crises that endanger this most vulnerable and targeted group.

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Meet Dr. Jason Marley

This fall, Jason Marley became one of three new faculty members to join the English Department.  We asked him to tell us about himself and what he brings to FMU.

Q: Tell us a little about your research. In what areas do you research? What was your dissertation about? Do you have any ongoing projects? Any future plans?

My research focuMarley 1ses mostly on linguistic and narrative experimentation in 20th century global Anglophone fiction. I’m currently working on a project on speech in the postcolonial novel that explores questions of dialect, slang, accents, and vernacular language. Specifically, I focus on writers such as G.V. Desani and Sam Selvon, who experiment with the variability of national and local languages. I’m interested in the ways these texts enact resistance through their experimental—and often extremely antagonistic—representations of speech and language.

I also do some work on Modernism. My two most recent publications are on Jean Rhys and Felipe Alfau—writers who, I would argue, seldom get enough critical attention.

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Elementary Ed. Major Discusses Her Minor in English

FMU student Grace L. shares why minoring in English would help her as an Elementary Education major. She wrote this post as part of her work in English 411: The Rhetoric of New Media and under the guidance of Dr. Amy Rubens.

Before arriving here at FMU, I always thought of writing as my best ability. It was my hobby as a kid, and it followed me throughout my life. When I attended orientation, my name tag had Political Science on it, but I knew it just wasn’t for me.

After researching our English department’s website, I came across the Professional Writing track that I could take as an English major. In the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect when I chose it. I assumed it would consist of me studying to write novels and things of that nature. But in reality, it was the total opposite, and I have looked at the world of writing differently ever since.

In my opinion, the day I began my English 318 course was the day I realized that I would love what I do. 

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