The cold is fading and the rains are waning. Spring is finally in full force. The conditions are perfect for a celebration and we have a perfect reason to celebrate: The New Eclectic.

The 2013 print edition of the Eclectic magazine is being released this week. It is packed with some of the best art and literature the University of West Georgia students have to offer. The 2013 Eclectic magazine includes poetry, prose and creative nonfiction as well as comics, artwork, film, music reviews and musical selections chosen by student editors.

The Eclectic is an annual art and literary magazine which has been published at UWG for over 65 years. It began publishing submissions from inside and outside the university, but now features work exclusively from UWG students. The Eclectic also awards students prizes for the best featured work through funding by the University’s Student Activities Office. The Eclectic also sponsors events such as public readings throughout the academic year.

A celebration is being thrown to commemorate the occasion. Guest readers Travis Denton and Arthur Phillips kick off the Eclectic Release Party by reading from their work. The event will exhibit artwork and feature live music by students from this year’s magazine.

Refreshments will be available prior to an awards ceremony where students featured in the 2013 Eclectic can receive prizes distributed for first, second and third place winners. There are two separate categories, one for art and one for literature (specifically poetry and prose sections). The winners of the literature portion will also read from their work.

“The Eclectic is one of the most important annual projects of our university,” said Megan Bell, the Promotions Editor for the Eclectic. “It celebrates and immortalizes the creative endeavors of UWG students. The Eclectic Release Party celebrates and awards this impressive student work in creative writing, music, and art in a live, professional space that it merits. Students, professors, and Carrollton at large should not miss this opportunity to experience, praise and revel in the creative achievements of UWG students as they are a true boom to the Carrollton community.”

Do not miss out on what UWG students have to offer at the Eclectic Release Party beginning at 5:30 PM on Wed. April, 3rd at the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall in the Humanities Building.

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