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Stuck in the Library: 28th Publication and Still Going Strong

Indie folk band Coppertown performed at the event. PHOTO/ Zainab Iqbal
Indie folk band Coppertown performed at the event. PHOTO/ Zainab Iqbal

By Zainab Iqbal

Published: May 10th, 2017

“Brooklyn College’s coolest literary magazine,” as it’s promoted on its website, Stuck in the Library (STL) celebrated its 28th publication last Thursday at the Alumni Lounge in the Student Center.

“This event is a time for writers and contributors to celebrate their accomplishments,” said Paulette Gindi, president of STL.

And celebrate they did. The room was filled with students, writers, musicians and friends who came to support each other.

“I feel proud and accomplished,” said BC junior Cynthia Ly, who published a poem in the magazine. “I feel like the words I write actually matter.” Though Ly is double-majoring in Biology and Secondary Education and minoring in Chemistry, she “writes poems to relieve [her] stress and take a break from school,” she said.

The 58 pages of the magazine are filled with poems, short stories and artwork corresponding with any one of the three prompts: “We need to be limited in order to become limitless,” one wish, or an ode.

“I feel a sense of pride,” said freshman Molly Clark, whose art is featured in the magazine. “Last year it was something I did when I was bored, and now it’s my life. It feels good to get my name out there.”

The event began with students intermingling with one another as they ate vegetarian sushi. For drinks, DavidsTea was handing out samples, as it helped sponsor the event. According to its website, DavidsTea “is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country.”

“Paulette reached out to us. We were stationed here before at other STL events,” said Noa Gurvis from DavidsTea, “We had a blast, they had a blast, and everybody loved us.”

Also in attendance were musicians Kevin Rawdon, Ikey Shuster and an indie folk band named Coppertown—all celebrating another great publication.

“It gets better every time,” said STL Editor-In-Chief Forida Ahmed. “The magazine has some of the best work we’ve got.”

Coordinating such an event takes hard work, patience and dedication. Aaron Guyette, Vice President of STL, was credited at the event (along with Ahmed) for his leadership and “relentless work,” according to Gindi.

“I helped coordinate the event so we can make things like this happen,” Guyette said. “The magazine came out nice; I love the artwork. It gets better and better with every issue.”

Guyette is currently in the midst of writing his own novel—about a man with schizophrenia who’s in isolation, when suddenly, objects start talking to him, or so he thinks. Guyette is also working to plan a new event next year. Though it is very tentative, he would like to get a literary agent, an author and a publisher to speak to students.

“Student writers can come and learn about the process,” Guyette said. “Writing is the easiest part. The hard part is selling it; getting it published somewhere.”

Concluding the event, writers were invited to come up to the microphone and recite their short story or poem. Among the few who went up was Robert Feinstein, who graduated from Brooklyn College in the 1960’s.

“I’ve been all over the world but always seem to drift back to Brooklyn,” Feinstein said. “It’s a pleasure to see a whole group of people getting together and doing something wonderful.”

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