Advocacy for Hunter College English Undergraduates

Submissions are closed for the Spring Semester of 2010. Thank you for submitting your pieces. They have been logged and are currently being reviewed by our editors.

The Olivetree Review's production staff is currently undertaking a major endeavor. Fruits of these labors should be available ASAP.

Would you like to attend a Chapbook Seminar...for free?
May 3rd & 4th

I know Jennifer Raab does not read this blog because she is reeeeeally busy doing other stuff. REALLY BUSY SIGNING HER NAME- so I figured I'd fill you in. This has been bugging me. Last week several of my OTR companions and I went to go see Seamus Heaney get his honorary degree and read some of his fantastic poetry to a packed auditorium. Wonderful. He was as sweet and modest as could be- a Nobel Prize winner with a heart, etc. He handled a nutty Q&A with grace and was humorous to boot.
Who provided Heaney with his "honors?" The MFA writing program of course. A small assembled crew who is intimately aware of each others works and writing styles- who are- no doubt about it- deserving of praise. What bugged me? The way the whole thing was handled as an uppercrust sort of deal. The Undergraduate sector of Hunter College (I've been here four years- this is opinion- but also experience) is completely disjointed. There was no mention of an undergrad literary community!
  • There is no core literary community outside of the classroom. Or is there? WAIT. What about all of the people who submit their work from workshops? What about the people who OPERATE the literary journal. Jennifer Raab talked up a writing community that consists of a few people selected through a rigorous process. What she has no idea about- and probably never will - is the undergrad community. A community comprised of writers finding their voice, their style, AND gaining writing chops to move forward through academia (or, shock, real world job-force after however long it takes to get out of the ten foot requirements checklist and not MFA-no offense to the MAFFERS, git 'em) Heaney was kind enough to mention the "baby steps" of the writing process. Perhaps this is what made the unintentional snub so obvious.
  • How many of us are learning the ropes, working internships, holding down part and full-time jobs, commuting from Staten Island, Orange County, Long Island, Westchester, - the far reaches of Brooklyn AND dedicating ourselves to promoting something we are passionate about- the chance for works of literary and artistic merit to meet a public audience?
  • Who are these amateurs who violate the halls with pens for their thoughts and not Sharpie's for the stairwells?
..............We the cave-dwellers of the crumbling Thomas Hunter building.
  • Is the ceiling falling down? Is our tuition going up? Was there asbestos removal two doors down without the provision of masks? Are stair railings bent or completely missing? Is the new key card system hindering our editorial work and making coming and going in an office that we independently maintain difficult (you try putting in a work order)? WHY YES.
I voice these complaints here. I also urge all English Undergraduates to partake in all of the free literary events on campus. Show strength in numbers. The ceiling isn't leaking in the faculty cafeteria in the West Building- it is safe.
Thanks anyway HC for keeping us on the map with awesome people like Seamus Heaney.
(If anyone deserves praise for reaching out to the undergrads with scholarship info, contests, etc. it is Thom Taylor- so we sincerely thank him for being an advocate- whether he realized how far his emails reach or not =) Thanks to the professors in the English department who get paid so little, torture us so briefly, and embolden us.

It has been a great Spring. No doubt that World Cup coffee and writing prompts have made some of this semester more active than others. We write. We share. We edit.
Thank you to my literary partners.

Rebecca K.
Senior Poetry Editor
Class of 2010

It's not too late!

Hey, y'all. If you haven't heard, the deadline's been extended to this Friday, April 23rd. Word.


Spring 2010: Open Mic/ Editing Commences!

This month is National Poetry month. Head over to and sign up for a free poem to be emailed to you daily. Better late then never…

  • Our Open Mic is this Wednesday, April 14th.
The theme is banned books- but we're also introducing a bookshop to the mix. Please bring your loved, used, no longer needed/wanted books to our event. Come and pick up a few for yourself. There is a possibility there will be back issues of some rad lit mags/ photo mags.
Our event, as per usual, will provide the concerned attendees with free libations. Come drink some wine and eat some little nosh-plates we'll have set up.
This event is in the Thomas Hunter Building, Room 105.

  • Concerning reading at the open mic:
This time around many of the staff have chosen to read provocative pieces we've been working on throughout the semester. We encourage you to do the same- as well as reading passages from favorite authors, reading your own poetry/ performance art. Bring your talent to the stage and feel comforted by the fact that you'll be in a friendly atmosphere which promotes acceptance and embraces the knock-kneed, nervous, 1st timers, and total hams. There are no limitations/ censorship.

  • On another note:
Our submission deadline has PASSED. We received a great many submissions and thank you for your contributions. The editors are currently commenting and sorting pieces for our final meeting in May. It is not too late to commit to reading pieces and being part of the process. (Due mostly to the bombardment we got on Friday- as opposed to the trickle-in that was expected). If you would like to edit, please stop by the office and talk to a senior editor who can fill you in on the important details and anything else you'd like to know.

Thank you to the Hunter College literary community for your continued support, patience, and persistence.

Photography Exhibit!

The Olivetree Review's good friend, Jon Michael Anzalone, is exhibiting at two shows this month. We thought we'd fill our art-minded audience in on them!

First up, Bushwick Local

Exhibition: Bushwick Local
Opening reception: Friday, April 9, 6:00 pm–12:00 am
Place: 369 Harman Street, Brookly, New York

Opening reception featuring dance by Backspace Performance Ensemble; DJ Lois Lame; refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery and chef Masato Okamoto; and beginning at 9:30 pm, live music curated by el diabl' Productions.

Bushwick Local is an exhibition that pays tribute to the local artist. It samples from the following eight, who are tuned to immediate change, broad cultural trends, and transcendent human desires:

Jon Michael Anzalone
Allan Bailey
Daniel Derwelis
Chris Georgalas
Reiko Hamano
Andrew Hunt
Christopher Sachs
Gustabo Velazquez

Directions: L or M subway from Manhattan. L to DeKalb; exit at the front of the train; continue east on Wykoff towards Himrod for two blocks; turn right on Harman Street. M to Knickerbocker Avenue; exit near Greene Avenue and go west on Knickerbocker one block to Harman Street; turn right on Harman.

Dates: April 10–May 16, 2010
Gallery hours: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Contact: 917-494-4511

Brought to you by Sadie Flateman, EVENTA TRADING COMPANY

Second one up:


Three emerging photographers, Erica Reade, Lemia Monet Bodden, and Jon Michael Anzalone wish to invite you to their first collective photography show, INDUSTRIOUS * SENTIMENT * TRANSITION.

Opening Reception: Friday, April 16th, 6 – 10 PM | FREE
April 16th - April 30th
Hosted by Division of Human Works

Erica Reade, Lemia Monet Bodden, and Jon Michael Anzalone will present their first group photography exhibition, INDUSTRIOUS * SENTIMENT * TRANSITION, opening at Division of Human Works on Friday, April 16th. The exhibition can be viewed by appointment from April 17th through April 30th.

Please join us at Division of Human Works in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Live music will be provided by DJ Paul Haney.

For inquiries, please contact:

Artist Websites:
Erica Reade -
Lemia Bodden -
Jon Michael Anzalone -

Exhibition Location:

Division of Human Works
1501 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY


J Train to Halsey Street. Exit the station and walk west on Broadway 3.5 blocks on the north side of the street to 1501 Broadway.

Jon's work can be seen at:


Please come support the local art scene!

Open Mic and Book Swap Coming Up!

Jacked from the Facebook event page (Feel free to invite yourself. You should be able to find it easily on our fan page or group.):


It's finally time for The Olivetree Review's semi-annual open mic! Come read your poetry, sing your songs, rap your raps, and perform your heart out. (We're mostly about poetry here, but we welcome any kind of performance.) TH105 provides the stage, we supply the liquid courage to get you up on it. (And food too, of course.) Sign up to perform either at the open mic or in advance by e-mail, at our office TH212, or whenever you see us tabling in the hallway.

The theme this semester is BOOK-BURNING & CENSORSHIP, so feel free (but not obligated) to be inspired by that idea in the work you choose to present. And as always, costumes are welcome and encouraged. (Think dark, masquerade, your favorite character from a banned book, or any way that YOU interpret censorship.)

We feel legally obligated to state that there will be no literal burning of books at this event, nor does the Olivetree in any way intend to SUPPORT censorship. On the contrary, we want this to be an OPEN open mic: open to your words, thoughts, and ideas.

We will, however, have a very realistic (*snort*) "pyre" where we'll be collecting books. So please, BRING BOOKS YOU DON'T WANT ANYMORE and throw them into the "fire." Someone else will take them and whatever's left unclaimed at the end of the night will be donated to charity. (Feel free to bring those books by our office, TH212, anytime before the event if you don't want to lug them around all day.)

Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 7:30-10pm (come and go at whatever time works for you)
Place: Hunter College, Thomas Hunter Building, Room 105
What to Bring (all recommended but not required):
  • yourself and like-minded friends (you don't have to be a Hunter student to attend)
  • a piece or two to read/perform
  • a costume if you so desire
  • book(s) to burn (ie. donate)
  • an appetite for food and drink (alcoholic and non- shall be provided)

Also, a reminder that our submission deadline is this coming Friday, April 9th so get your creative writing and art to us ASAP! (Hunter undergrads only, plz k thx sry)