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Blugold creates Chippewa Valley's first literary journal

| Judy Berthiaume

With its thriving music and arts scene, it makes sense that an impressive literary community also is emerging in the Chippewa Valley.

Not surprisingly, given UW-Eau Claire’s strong creative writing programs, Blugolds are among those leading the way.

Last year B.J. Hollars, a successful author and UW-Eau Claire associate professor of English, helped create the Chippewa Valley Writer’s Guild to support the growing number of writers and authors who now call Eau Claire home.

This spring, thanks to a group of Blugolds, those writers now have a new opportunity to get their work published.

The Chippewa Valley’s first literary journal — called Barstow & Grand in celebration of downtown Eau Claire’s evolution from a small-town bar culture to a creative arts hub — will give writers with ties to the Chippewa Valley a new venue to share their work.

Eric Rasmussen, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2002 with a degree in communication and in 2005 with an English degree, is the journal’s founder.

Hollars will serve as a consulting editor.

Kate Hinnant, a research and instruction librarian in McIntyre Library at UW-Eau Claire, will be the journal’s poetry editor. Charlotte Kupsh, a UW-Eau Claire graduate student, will be the prose editor.

You can learn more about the Chippewa Valley’s first literary journal and its submission guidelines in a Volume One story.

Photo caption: The group behind the new literary journal Barstow & Grand includes, left to right, poetry editor Kate Hinnant; consulting editor B.J. Hollars; editor Eric Rasmussen; and prose editor Charlotte Kupsh. (Photo by Andrea Paulseth, Volume One)