Ampersand is Emory & Henry's latest incarnation of the college's literary magazine. It was first published during the 1979-1980 academic year, and it has been published annually by the English department ever since. All of the issues of the Ampersand can be found in the periodical section of the library. Click here to see the history of Emory & Henry's literary magazine.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If it's prose, make sure it's under ten thousand words; verse, keep it below the fifty-line mark. Comics shouldn't exceed seven pages. All photographs should be sent as jpeg files. All submissions must be in by April 15 in order to be incorporrated in the print edition of the Ampersand.
The Editor’s Choice Award is a monthly award honoring the Ampersand editor’s favorite flavor of the month. Selected works will have their name and submission featured on the Ampersand homepage.
Congratulations to Hai Yan Chen for winning the Editor's Choice Award for April 2011. Hai Yan is a Sophomore from Marion, Virginia and currently pursuing a degree in International Business. Along with her interest in creative writing, she also enjoys reading exciting books, watching Chinese drama, and walking in the sun. Hai Yan is also very active on campus as she is a member of the Peer Educators, Higher Ground, Sphinx Yearbook, and is a Career15 Student Liaison.
This is the first edition of the Ampersand (1980). This volume includes poetry from notable almunist and 2007's Literary Festial honoree, Michael Chitwood. There is also a poem by Emeritus Professor Dr. Daniel G. Leidig whose practice and teaching of poetry encouraged students to study the literary tradition, to discover the poets of the region, and to write poetry themselves. Each year the campus honors his memory with the Leidig Lectureship.
Co-editors Fred Jarman and Val Smith used a fine dining menu as their inspiration for the layout of this edition of the Ampersand. This menu is filled with an array of subject matters, including, but not limited to, a young man's intimations about weather, an incident of miscommunication, and a boy finding humor in his own speach impediment.
This edition of the Ampersand features a whimsical font which complements many of the poems’ fantastic subject matter such as a “Topsy Turvy Dream,” a little girl dreaming of growing up to be a mermaid, and a person waking up the morning after their death. This issue also contains several pastoral photographs taken by Karen Gilmer and Ricky Lonker.
2009 was a year to remember on the global stage. As one era began with Barack Obama being inaugurated as the 44th, and first African American, President of the U.S., another ended with the death of Pop icon Michael Jackson, triggering an outpouring of worldwide grief. Amidst this year of change, everyone had to grapple with the challenges presented by the June outbreak of H1N1, more commonly known as swine flu, when it was deemed a global pandemic. With all of the changes, and so many more, it is no surprise that the overall content of this issue of the Ampersand revolved around travel, global perspective, and trying to reclaim what was lost.
In congruence with Ampersand's creative literary tradition, the magazine also incorporates photographs and artwork of Emory & Henry students and staff members. The subject matter of the photographs have varied greatly from year to year but have always offered a pleasing aesthetic for the poetry and short stories they accompany.