Redefining the Classroom

Border Crossing hosts public launch party for third volume

Posted: October 5th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Faculty, staff and student interns associated with Lake Superior State University’s international literary and arts journal, Border Crossing, invite the community to a launch party for its third issue at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Bayliss Public Library.

Amber Edmondson, Marquette poet and contributor to this latest volume, will be reading her work. In addition, Melissa Connors, a photographer from Sault Sainte Marie, Ont., whose art is featured on the cover of this issue, will be exhibiting her artwork. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase.

Border Crossing seeks to publish the best work submitted by emerging and established writers on both sides of the United States and Canadian border with the goal of supporting literacy and the literary arts in the sister cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario. Visual art is only considered from residents of Michigan or Ontario in order to provide an outlet where area artists may publish their work.

The photography of Sault. Ont. photographer
Melissa Connors graces the cover of the
third volume of LSSU's
Border Crossing.

“We like writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications,” says Prof. Mary McMyne, who serves on the faculty editorial staff. “The best way to see what we mean by this is to order a copy of our latest issue. The third issue, which will be for sale at the launch party, features the work of some amazing Michigan and Ontario writers and artists, alongside that of national and international writers.”

Border Crossing is a product of a cooperation between the LSSU Creative Writing Program and local artists. Profs. Julie Barbour and McMyne supervised the editing of the third issue, with Barbour, a poet, working with student poetry student interns, and McMyne, a fiction writer, working with student fiction interns. Prof. Jillena Rose edited nonfiction, and Jeanne Mannesto, a local artist, co-edited art with Barbour and McMyne. The publication is a “teaching journal,” in that one of its main goals is to create editing and publishing opportunities for LSSU English and creative writing students prior to graduation.

Border Crossing is currently accepting submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The journal is also seeking a featured artist for the 2014 issue, whose work will be featured on the 2014 cover and exhibited at the launch party for volume 4. Submissions in art are limited to artists residing in Michigan and Ontario. Please visit the Border Crossing website for more information.

For more information on the launch party, contact McMyne at 906-635-2327 or -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Prof. Mary McMyne, 635-2327,