Humid Happenings #1

That’s what we are today: blank. Unfilled and nothing but the idea of possibility, we cannot become Humid 7 until you create it.

Paper Dreams is a fascinating book, compiled and edited by Travis Kurowski, and filled with the comments of writers and editors, on the American literary magazine. It is described as “both a history and a how-to.” Robert Scholes is quoted in it; “The culture of the past is more alive in its magazines than in any other textual form, because it is all there, the art and the lice, the truth and the lies.” I keep thinking about it: “the art and the lice, the truth and the lies.”

October 15th marks the last day for submissions to Humid 7, the Stephen F. Austin State University undergraduate literary magazine. After reading Paper Dreams, I’m more aware than ever of the importance of Humid 7, not only in the context of American literature, but more importantly in its context as documentation of our time here at SFA. This opportunity, the opportunity to publish and to be published in a literary journal, is nothing to take lightly. It’s important for us to craft the record of our times with all the honesty and care we can muster. It’s important for us for us to show “the art and the lice, the truth and the lies.”

But we can’t do that without you, the undergraduate students whose work will become Humid 7. Maybe you’ve seen the posters: the image of lines on a yellow legal pad, left blank, with the invitation to fill it with your art. That’s what we are today: blank. Unfilled and nothing but the idea of possibility, we cannot become Humid 7 until you create it. We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography submissions. By all means, see our submission guidelines for more details, but do not ignore this opportunity. It’s important.

Poet and editor G. C. Waldrep said,

“Literature is a conversation.”

Be part of the conversation. Be the record of the culture of our times here in this place. Send us your submissions.

– Karen Hensarling Perkins – Non-fiction Editor, HUMID Vol. VI