Open Houses, Prompts, Updates, and Contest News!

So our open house this past Wednesday was a success. If you weren't able to make it, don't worry! It's not too late to join the Olivetree! In fact, we'll be hosting informal mini-open houses every Wednesday in March and the first week or two of April for those who want to join mid-semester. Stop by any time from 4 to 6 to get information about becoming an editor or submitting material.

We also had a very successful inaugural prompt Thursday. If you haven't heard, the OTR is now hosting weekly free-writes Thursdays from 1-2 in TH212. I'm proud to share my response to our first set of prompts: astronaut, asymmetry, asylum:



Astronauts find asylum in outer space

while asylums are filled with asymmetry,

Asymmetrical minds, elderly men with

brains of boys who think they are astronauts.

Bouncing off padded walls--gravity fails them.

Their minds dwell in zero gravity. They wax

asymmetric in their maddeningly symmetric

hospital gowns. They find no asylum in their

confined space/their stifled astronomy.

They will implode into an asymmetric uneven

mas/collapse in on themselves, each thought as

futile and fleeting as a falling star/delving deep

into darkness/breaking atmospheric borders,

then waking again in blinding white manufactured

symmetry. Every day is just their dream.


Feel free to do this prompt (any or all) and share your work with us! If you have your own ideas for prompts, leave a comment and/or come to our next free-writing session!

Lastly, start working on submissions for our upcoming art contest! The theme is Culinary Arts! Deadline is April 1st. Much more information and flyers will be posted shortly!

'Til next time,


PS. If you're tired of the manic-depressive weather in New York, why not try studying abroad!

I've heard especially promising things about the on-site linguistics and literacy course in Uganda, so definitely look into that!