Print Edition: April 1, 2015
The Louden Singletree, UFV’s creative journal, launched their seventh issue with wine and imparted wisdom from writer-in-residence Emily Pohl-Weary.
The Louden Singletree celebrates the student voice, publishing a curated selection of prose, poetry, and visual art from UFV students and alumni. In her introduction to this year’s edition, Pohl-Weary quoted Thomas King: “The truth about stories is that’s all we are.” She went on to say that be writing we help to understand our experiences and the experiences of others.
“So be mindful of the stories you tell and how you tell them,” she told the audience.
The launch party, which took place in the Centre for Indo-Canadian studies on Monday, March 30, featured door prizes, wine, and readings from contributors. The selections varied widely in style, from Alex Rake’s ecstatic poem “a wise man calls his Mantis” — “Mantis! Truest, blank-eyed Mantis! / take my head away” — to Heidi Luhmert’s historical and nuanced story “Blood and Honey,” set in Maasai territory in 1912. Ashley Mussbacher presented her visual arts piece “skyline,” whose watered black and muted blue is reminiscent of a city silhouette. Mussbacher credited her cat for contributions to her art, who has a tendency to walk across paintings in a most artistic fashion.
Copies of the Louden Singletree will soon be distributed around campus in common areas and at the UFV library.
Alex Rake and Ashley Mussbacher are employees of The Cascade.