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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English

Snowdrifts

Snowdrifts is an annual publication of Lake Superior State Univerrsity. It is edited and designed by students completing internships in ENGL 399, who earn credit for their work on the journal, and student volunteers. All creative work published is produced by LSSU students through general submission or the annual LSSU short story, poetry, and/or essay contests.

Vol. 5 Spring 2016 Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Clay Winowiecki
Managing Editor: Cornelia Hobbs
Poetry Editor: Charlotte Mazurek
Fiction Editor: Amanda DeForest
Art Director: Analicia Sabra
Post-Production Editor: Daisy Fentiman

What is a Snowdrifts Internship?

Clay Winowiecki, the 2015-2016 editor-in-chief, describes his experience as follows:

"At the beginning of this year I had the opportunity to be apart of an internship that I didn’t know much about. On the day that I arrived for my internship, I found out that I would be Editor-in-Chief. I would soon also find out that the experience I was about to have would end up becoming a great asset to my pursuit in the world of literature. Snowdrifts is an opportunity to let not only the English and Creative Writing majors' work shine, but the campus as a whole. It’s unique in that it gives everyone on campus a voice and a chance to compete in order to be in a creative journal. This is applicable to add to resumes and give young writers some credentials to work with in order to start their professional careers.

Students are given full control over each aspect of the journal from how the journal is laid out to what pieces of writing that were submitted get to claim their part of the page. This year, the editing staff has gone on to do something new with the journal by giving it a theme: speculative fiction. It focuses on science fiction and fantasy, with elements of horror throughout.... Snowdrifts has been a great asset to my pursuit in literature. I came to this journal as a travel writer, so naturally, speculative fiction isn’t my place of comfort. But with stepping out of your comfort zone, comes the largest growth a writer can have. It allowed me to focus in on my editing skills, help me better understand what makes a story work, and how art can compliment a piece of writing.

Programs like Snowdrifts help give a university it’s heart. They make it a place that feels progressive and fresh. And they get students creative juices flowing."


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Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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