The Great Lake Review, SUNY Oswego’s student-run literary magazine, will hold an informational meeting Thursday, 11 September, at 7:30 p.m., in room 306 of the Marano Campus Center.

The GLR is asking for editors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama​. Involvement with our magazine is a great way to reach out into the creative writing community here at Oswego while getting valuable experience editing.


Can’t make the meeting? Email Ethan Gormley at to let him know that you are interested in being part of the team.


To all writers: The Great Lake Review is calling for submission in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual arts. Submit as an attachment to by November 3rd for the Fall 2014 edition of the magazine.

Aaron Embry on Creating Music

This should be shared because it’s so translatable. Because WE ARE ALL ARTISTS. Creating is creating is creating and whether what’s said here resonates with you as profound or just understood on a fundamental, experiential level, the fact remains that we should all be in conversation with each other about our processes. What seems simple and mundane to one of us might be the message of support another one of us needs. Hopefully this video will serve as useful in one of these ways- or any other.

Aaron Embry is formerly of the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and he recently released a solo album, Tiny Prayers. He discusses both here:


And here, for your listening pleasure:


Posted By: Jessie Rose Moore, Online Editor

Last Days of National Poetry Month

There are four days left in Poetry’s month, where she is sitting on a pedestal, waiting for us to notice her when someone tells us we are supposed to, wondering why so many of us ignore her just the same. How are we so busy that we have to dedicate a month in which we pay attention to poems? We should insist they important every day of the year, whether we are writing them or reading them. Make Poetry your mother, your sister, your cousin. Let Poetry’s voice be one you would not silence! She is speaking to you. She has something to say.

Nikky Finney reads “Left”

Post  by Jessie Rose Moore

Two Readings at River’s End Bookstore

The River’s End Bookstore in Oswego hosts readings on a regular basis, and the next one will be very special! Former creative non-fiction professor Ira Sukrungruang will be featured at the next reading on Friday, April 27th at 7pm! Also reading is Ithaca College lecturer Amy Monticello. This is one reading that should have many GLR editors/contributers and Oswego creative writing students in the audience- Let’s show up and support these fantastic writers! More info can be found on the bookstore’s website HERE.

The GLR will be having our Spring Issue release reading at the River’s End on Thursday, May 3rd at 5pm. Our published writers will be reading their pieces and published artists will be talking about their work. Refreshments will be provided! We hope everyone will come out and celebrate Oswego’s literary magazine.

Remembering Icons

It feels wrong to pay so much attention to artists in the immediate days after they have passed away, but maybe there is something to be said for this kind of reaction as well as something to be learned from it. Are we trying to connect again to someone/something that has inspired us in those moments because we feel like we might not get another chance? Because we regret taking them for granted? Because it is the best way to mourn?

One of the greatest things about this technologically advanced time period is that losing an artist does not mean losing their work (oftentimes our immediate access to it is increased)- and we have more opportunities to engage in global dialogue about how we are feeling. Perhaps the best way to ease that feeling of loss is to recreate that intangible connectedness felt while absorbing art.

The world is a better place for having had such great people as Adrienne Rich and Earl Scruggs, who both passed two days ago, as well as other recently deceased artists Jan Berenstain, Whitney Houston, and Etta James. We should all be grateful and feel fortunate for their courage, innovativeness, and willingness to share their creative work with the world.

Post By: Jessie Rose Moore, Online Editor