Whiskey Island is thrilled to announce the winners of its first annual creative writing contest! The following three pieces showed promise, skill, and creativity:
"Family Ghosts" by Emma Hawkins (creative essay)
"Glass by the River" by Zoey Pincelli (poetry)
"Gasmaske" by Ian Malinoski (fiction)
Emma Hawkins is a junior creative writing major from Central Ohio. She takes interest in feminist literature and short stories about the elderly and spends most of her time with her cat Yogi. After graduation, she hopes to work in publishing and publish her own collection of short stories. Her publication through the Whiskey Island website will be her first.
Zoey Pincelli is a sophomore computer science major with English and mathematics minors. As a writer, she often fo...
Gail DiMaggio’s poem “Welcome to Deep Space” was published in Issue 71 of Whiskey Island. The poem deals with themes of desire, independence, and both external and internal pressure to find a partner. I had the opportunity to speak with Gail about the technique, form, and content of the poem. Her perspective, insight, and honesty were a pleasure to encounter. Check out the interview below!
Camille Ferguson: I’m interested in the practice of writing a poem “after” someone else—what influence did “Welcome to the Jungle” have on you?
Gail DiMaggio: The hardest days in my writing life are the ones when I’ve got the time to start something new and not an idea in my head. My best strategy on those days is to blatantly steal. Sometimes, I start with a work of art—something grab...