Barry McNamara  |   Published April 24, 2017


New edition of Monmouth College’s literature and arts magazine now available
  • The three student editors of COIL, Monmouth College’s literature and arts magazine, are pictured with adviser David Wright (second from right). From left, the editors are Hayden Fulfer ’17 of Bloomington, Ill., Isaac Willis ’18 of Mackinaw, Ill., and Kallie DiTusa ’17 of Johnsburg, Ill.
On the opening pages of COIL, the literature and arts magazine of Monmouth College, contributors whose works were accepted for publication are praised for “their ability to harness and direct their imaginations.”

On Monday in Wallace Hall, the publication’s student editors – Hayden Fulfer ’17 of Bloomington, Ill., Isaac Willis ’18 of Mackinaw, Ill., and Kallie DiTusa ’17 of Johnsburg, Ill. – hosted a celebration and reading from the new edition of COIL, which spans 2015-17.

Students and alumni writers featured in the issue read brief excerpts from their work, while visual art from the magazine was on display.

Among the readers featured were Keishra Jackson ’18 of Chicago, who read her poem “Project Black”; 2016 graduate Tiffany Shaw, who read her poem “You Told Me I Could Have It”; and Assistant Professor of English David Wright, COIL’s adviser, who read “Dead Arm,” a sonnet by Ross Eugene ’17 of Gilberts, Ill.

Fulfer and Willis served as COIL’s literary editors, while DiTusa created the layout and design. The selection of works is based upon a blind review process conducted by student readers and student editors.

“We have a lot of hopes for art on our staff, and we are committed to the idea that art is by no means a luxury,” Willis said in his introductory remarks. “It is also not a mere distraction, but if the photographs, poetry, paintings and prose pieces in this little book can slow you down – bring your attention to the line on the page – then we’re OK with that.”

Willis thanked the contributors and readers, as well as Monmouth College “for creating space for the written and visual arts” on campus.

He also thanked Wright for his “insight and vision,” saying that COIL “would not be what it is without all of your efforts.”

Wright called putting together the volume “a really long process, but we are really proud of the results. It builds on a great foundation and sets a great standard for the future.”

Wright also thanked Dean of the Faculty David Timmerman and President Clarence Wyatt “for their moral and financial support at the end of the process.”

To obtain a copy of COIL, email
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