Literary Magazine of Lehman College Publishes Second Issue

BRONX, N.Y. — Lehman College’s literary magazine, Obscura, released its second issue this spring. Building on the strength of last year’s inaugural issue, the sleek, black-and-white review features fiction, poetry, photography and artwork from Lehman students.

The new issue contains short fiction, poetry and art—both photography and paintings—by Lehman College students. The works deal with a wide range of themes and motifs, including the interior life of an Alzheimer’s sufferer, the struggle to survive in a post-Apocalyptic world, suffering and loss of a murdered loved one, and forbidden love.

Meredith Archibald, a graduating senior who majored in creative writing and minored in studio art, contributed three works of art—a photograph, a drawing that accompanied her friend’s poem entitled “On My Grave,” and a painting of a chapel. “It was a lot of work putting the issue together,” she says. “But we all worked together so well. It was a great experience.” Archibald is applying to Master of Fine Arts programs in writing for the fall semester.

Not content to rest on their laurels, the editors will start working in the fall with the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan. Students will be invited to submit their fiction, poetry and artwork for a special section of the Spring 2012 issue of Obscura.

“This is an opportunity for high school students to get a taste of what lies ahead in college—the higher standards, the competition and collaborative projects, and products like Obscura,” says Prof. Terrence Cheng, chair of the English Department.

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