Dear writers, sponsoring professors, and members of the broader college community,
We had a blast celebrating students’ writing at the Virtual Reception yesterday. Following opening remarks from Provost Pamela Brown and Dean Justin Vasquez Poritz, students read excerpts from their work, after which we collectively toured the new edition of the website!
This marks the third year that City Tech Writer has been available online as an all digital, multimedia issue. This year’s issue includes:
– Audio versions of all pieces
– Supplementary videos for select pieces, including slides for integrating classroom discussion of student work
– Short films from our Communication Design students
– First ever publication of plays from Theater of Law, including images partially rendered with AI-generated technology, which depict how the scripts would translate to the stage
-First ever publication of Spanish language essays, complete with English translation
-Publication of the 2023 Literary Arts Festival Charles Matusik Fiction prize winner, “Fix It,” by Jaroslav Eliah Sýkora
– An annotation feature ideal for use in the classroom
-Outstanding writing from an array of disciplines!
The website exists due to the indispensable work of Professor Atilio Barreda in Computer Systems, who essentially designed this digital forum from scratch. Special shout out to him for his contribution.
I invite you to peruse the volume to see the ideas, insights, and leaps of imagination that our student writers have to share this year. And I hope you’ll keep your eyes peeled for an array of events this Fall, which will showcase writers from the essay and give them a chance to say more about the writing process. We’ll be holding these events in advance of the 2024 issue, Volume 19!
On that note: submissions to Volume 19 are now OPEN! Please select the above “Submissions” page of the menu to find out more. We are accepting submissions from Spring 2023 as well – so if you’re a student who’s produced something for a class, or a professor who’d like to sponsor a student’s writing, don’t be shy!
Thank you again to Provost Pamela Brown and Dean Justin Vasquez-Poritz for their support, and to our sponsoring professors for upholding our students. Most of all, thank you to our student writers for continuing to give life to the written word at City Tech.
Professor Lucas Kwong, editor