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The Black Tulip

0 Commentsby   |  05.05.16  |  Announcement, Announcements, Events and Readings, Shinnery Review, Student Spotlight, Uncategorized

The Black Tulip was held on Friday, April 22nd at Monks Coffee Shop in downtown Abilene.  The Black Tulip is held every year for the release of The Shinnery Review, but we did it a bit differently than I think people have in the past.  We wanted to have it at Monks because we felt like coffee and poetry, fiction, and photographs went really well together and it’s just got a great vibe to it.  It was scheduled to start at 6:00 and we had a lot of people show up right away for the event.  People spent a little while looking at copies we had placed around the coffee shop and once more people showed up, people who submitted their works of poetry or fiction had the opportunity to read a piece allowed, and we had about ten people read their pieces.  It went very smoothly, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves!
As for the magazine itself, it is an entirely student-led publication; we’ve got quite a few students from the Language and Literature Department that participate, but we’ve also got students from other departments as well.  We started accepting submissions for the publication at the beginning of this semester so we’d have enough time to go through all of them, as well as edit all of the pieces.  We had a lot of people submitting pieces of poetry, short stories, as well as photographs.  In the end, we had about 40 more pages of content than last year so we really had a great turnout for submissions.  There are so many talented writers and photographers and this university, and I believe The Shinnery Review is a fantastic opportunity to showcase their work!
*written by Sarah Bateman
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Spring Dinner for Graduating Seniors–This Thursday, April 26, before the Black Tulip

0 Commentsby   |  04.21.12  |  Announcements, Shinnery Review

Our department is looking forward to this Thursday night, April 26, when we will celebrate with our graduating seniors over a delicious Indian dinner at Taj Mahal, then return to campus for the Black Tulip launch party of the Shinnery Review!

About the Spring Dinner

All faculty and graduating seniors are invited to attend! You should have received an Evite from Heidi Nobles (; if you didn’t, please contact her right away!

Read the great restaurant reviews at, and do note that the dinner is free.

About the Black Tulip Release Party

We’ll be having desserts & refreshments, and students whose work was accepted into the magazine will be invited to read their pieces or excerpts from them. We’ll also be handing out free copies of the Shinnery, so if anyone would like a copy, now is the time to stop by and get one!
The Black Tulip has moved! Instead of the Living Room, as noted on the flyer below, the party will take place in the Core Classroom in the library!***

A Crash Course

0 Commentsby   |  10.07.10  |  Announcements, Shinnery Review

The Black Tulip

0 Commentsby   |  04.20.10  |  Announcements, Shinnery Review


It’s time to dust off that monocle and join us for the unveiling of the 2010  Shinnery Review!

The Black Tulip

Who’s invited: ALL ACU Students and Faculty

When: Thursday, April 29, 8-10:30 p.m.

Where: The Shore Art Gallery

What: Published authors reading original poetry and fiction from ACU’s student-run arts magazine, The Shinnery Review (and elsewhere), live music, hors d’oeuvres and more. You can pick up your FREE copy of the 2010 edition of the Shinnery at the door!

ACU Students Win Creative Writing Contests in 2009

0 Commentsby   |  01.27.10  |  Announcements, Shinnery Review, Student Spotlight

Three students from Abilene Christian University won awards in The Conference on Christianity and Literature’s 2009 student creative writing contest. One student won an award in College Language Association creative writing contest.

Brent DillBrent Dill has been awarded first place in fiction for his short story, “Community Theatre.” Nicole Mazzarella, author of This Heavy Silence and this year’s final judge in fiction, made this comment about Dill’s work: “In the tradition of ‘Miss Brill,’ ‘Community Theater’ reveals the desires of Elaine through her close observations of setting and other characters.  The writer demonstrates mastery of setting as it adds to the narrative tension and expands our understanding of Elaine.   This writer takes great care with all of the minor characters; they are believable, unique, and significant.”

Jessica GeorgeJessica George has been awarded third place in fiction for her short story “Popsicles and Cigarettes.” Mazzarella made this comment on George’s short story: “The retrospective narrator of “Popsicles & Cigarettes” avoids intrusion and nostalgia instead we enter the complexities of young adolescence. The complications created by the father’s unemployment rightfully become the back drop for the young boy’s concerns about friendship, zip lines, and cigarettes. Yet the family’s tensions clearly influence the young man’s choices and his feelings of responsibility toward his family at the end.  I was drawn into this coming of age story and admired the writer’s portrayal of youthful friendships.” Hear Jessica George read her poetry on KACU’s Poet’s Corner.

Danielle BeschDanielle Besch was awarded second place in poetry for her poems entitled “Matthew 27:46,” “First Night,” and “Summer Sweet Corn.” Susanna Childress, Director of CCL’s 2009 Creative Writing Contest, said: “Please congratulate the winners, who are being sent notification today, and spread this good news to your department. It speaks highly of your creative writers and creative writing faculty to have two winners among the many fine entries!”  Hear Danielle Besch read her poetry on Poet’s Corner on KACU.

Tifanee JacksonTifanee Jackson earned second place for her poems in College Language Association creative writing contest. Dr. Rhonda Collier nominated Tifanee Jackson for the contest. Tifanee began writing poetry in Professor Haley’s creative writing class in fall 2008.  Prof. Haley says: “Tifanee’s poems are amazing–they’re both lyrical and compellingly gritty. From the beginning she had a strong poetic voice and something unique to say.”

The Shinnery Review — NOW accepting submissions

0 Commentsby   |  01.25.10  |  Announcements, Shinnery Review

Shinnery Submission Time is Here!

If you have any art, photography, poetry, fiction, or nonfiction you would like to submit for possible publication in the 2010 edition of The Shinnery Review, email it to We are also accepting audio submissions for the first time, like spoken word or musical pieces!

The deadline for submissions is February 15, so send in your stuff soon!