St. Mary’s University’s Department of English and Communications Studies will unveil its literary magazine, Pecan Grove Review XVII, at The Twig Book Shop on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The Pecan Grove Review now offers St. Mary’s alumni the opportunity to submit their written works. Including former students offers them the chance to continue fostering their creativity and to reconnect with their alma mater.
The 6 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and alumni will read their submissions from the newest edition of the magazine, originally released in 1993. Refreshments will be served.
The student-produced Pecan Grove Review is under the leadership of faculty adviser Refugio “Ito” Romo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni submit pieces to the magazine for consideration of publication.
“At St. Mary’s, we foster a liberal arts education in which we celebrate the importance of creativity within the educational experience, enhancing the formation of the well-rounded individual,” said Romo, himself an accomplished creative writer and author. “The Pecan Grove Review is just one of the many forms in which creativity is expressed on our campus. I am inspired daily by the dedicated students who work diligently on the Pecan Grove Review and by the students, faculty, staff, and now alumni, who submit amazing literary work.”
The Pecan Grove Review gives students the opportunity to understand and obtain realistic publishing experience. In 1993, Sister Ann Semel, then-chair of the English and Communication Studies Department, asked faculty member Diane Gonzales Bertrand – now visiting lecturer and writer-in-residence at St. Mary’s – to start a literary magazine.
The Pecan Grove Review’s first staff members were students from Bertrand’s “Intro to the Creative Process” class, and she became its first faculty adviser. The Department of English and Communication Studies resides within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at St. Mary’s.
The Twig Book Shop – located in the Pearl Brewery, 306 Pearl Parkway, Suite 106 – is the only independent bookstore in San Antonio. It’s a venue for local and national poets and authors, and the launch event gives students an opportunity to read in a professional space.
“We believe that the creative spirit sparked at St. Mary’s encourages positive change in our homes, our communities, and the world long after we’ve left the comfort of our campus,” Romo said. “We invite alumni to submit their poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and all other forms of literary work for publication for the PGR 2017. At St. Mary’s, you are always a part of our family.”
St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.