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Volume II: Susquehanna University



2018 Reflections

The 2018 Conference was held at Susquehanna University and the theme was resilience.  My best friend, Hannah Phillips, and I had the opportunity to co-coordinate the national conference together with the assistance of Dr. Catherine Dent, FUSE's official director.  Together,  we we pulled off an incredible conference, and I strengthened skills along the way.  I gained experience with working in a team and networking.


My favorite part of the conference: There was a moment where I just sat back against a chair and watched the conference happen around me.  It felt good to see all of our hard work pay off.

-Patrick Durney 

2018 Guest Speaker

Guest Speakers

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Martin Espada is a Puerto Rican poet, essayist, editor, translator and activist who currently teaches poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Espada has been named a finalist for a Pulitzer prize and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and more. In 2018, he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize in Poetry.


Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Library and the editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform. Ball has an M.F.A. in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University.

Cheryl E. Ball

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Andrew Ciotola is the managing editor and book review editor of West Branch, Bucknell University’s nationally distinguished literary journal. He received his MA in English from Bucknell University and his BA from Gettsyburg College, where he graduated with honors in English literature.

Andrew Ciotola

2018 FUSE Conference Presentations

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Editorial Discussions

Finding and Emphasizing Character Resilience

Katheryne Castillo, UCLA

Jodi Scott Elliott, UCLA

Taylor Harper, UCLA

Mental Health Matters: Rewriting the Stigma

Hope Martin, Susquehanna University

Hannah Phillips, Susquehanna University

James Hoon, Susquehanna University

Patrick Durney, Susquehanna University

Finding and Emphasizing Character Resilience

Kelly Bachich, Widener University

Carlie Sisco, Widener University 

With James Esch, Widener University

Publishing & Editing at Susquehanna: Origins, Experiences, and Ambitions

Elizabeth Baldwin, Susquehanna Univerisity

Taylor Breeding, Susquehanna University

Quinn Burkhart, Susquehanna University

Jason Ferris, Susquehanna University

Sarah French, Susquehanna University

Rachel Pietrewicz, Susquehanna Univerisity

With Dr. Laurence Roth, Susquehanna Univerisity

Breaking Through to the Editors: Our Journey So Far, Challenges of Producing a Literary Magazine at a Growing, Diverse, Liberal Arts College

Quinn Burkhart, Susquehanna University

Jordyn Taylor, Susquehanna University

Bobby Bachman, Cabrini College

Tyohnah White, Cabrini College

Creative Workshop 

Feminist Short-Shorts

Rachel Pietrewicz, Susquehanna University

Hannah Phillips, Susquehanna University 

Hope Martin, Susquehanna University

Resilience and Identity, Politics for the Apolitical Literary Magazine

Rachel Wielgopolski, Cedar Crest College

Jamie Kahn, Cedar Crest College

Jessica McManness, Gettysburg Collegeand Ellianie Vega, Gettysburg College

Resilience in Writing: How to Keep Writing When You Feel Stuck

Jennifer Galvao, SUNY Geneseo

Isabel Owen, SUNY Geneseo

Meghan Fellows, SUNY Geneseo

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