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AURORA "Virtual" Launch scheduled for April 8.

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Although we had to cancel the launch party for Aurora 2020, come to the Aurora 2020 virtual launch on Wednesday, April 8, at https://aurora.eku.edu/. A shoutout to all the folks who made it possible!‚Äč

Check out our Launch video!!!

Printable Program for Aurora Launch.

Program Contents

Originally titled Belles Lettres, Aurora has come a long way since its conception in 1935. Eighty-five years later, the journal maintains its original mission of guiding students through the publication process while functioning in a purely online format. Aurora allows students to release their creativity and enter the world of publication.


Schedule of Events

12:00-12:20 pm:  Mingling and Refreshments
12:20-12:30 pm: Welcome, Introduction and Special Thanks
12:30-12:45 pm:  Open Mic
12:45-1:15 pm: Guest Speaker, Dr. Young Smith
1:15-1:45 pm: Open Mic
1:45-2:00 pm: Closing Remarks


Aurora Staff

Dallas New:  Co-Editor in Chief & Submissions Manager
Theresa Payne:  Co-Editor in Chief & Interviewer
Sarah Reetz:  Co-Editor in Chief
Hannah Richburg | Poetry Editor & Interviewer
Nikki Watson:  Drama/Screenplay & Short FIlm Editor
Mykaela Chaffin:  Fiction Editor
Samantha Smith:  Music Editor & Staff Page Editor
Phillip Richards:  Creative Nonfiction Editor
Jessica Brandendburg:  Publicity Editor
Liubitza Mendoza: Photography & Art Editor
Dr. Gaby Bedetti:  Faculty Advisor


Special Thanks

Professor McCarthy’s Type 1 Class
Noel Studio Grad Students
Noel Studio
Dr. Young Smith
Dr. Russell Carpenter
Dr. CLint Stivers
Dr. James Keller
Ms. Melanie Givan
Chrisalyn Lynes, Graphics


Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Young SmithRaised in Clemson, South Carolina, Dr. Young Smith worked his way from his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia all the way to obtaining a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. While primarily a poet, Dr. Smith also delves into theatre and screenplay writing. He was also the founding Director of the Bluegrass Writers Studio here at EKU, with the goal to workshop student and faculty creative pieces in an inviting community. Dr. Smith has won multiple awards for his pieces and has published multiple books and poems including his poetry book In a City You Will Never Visit (2008).

Published on April 04, 2020

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