Campus publications offer outlet for student work

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Capital is a place where students thrive through creative and written freedom and is, naturally, home to various academic (and non-academic) publications.

ReCap, Capital’s literary magazine, is run by students and consists of work created by students. With one print issue published during the spring semester, the magazine features poetry, prose, and visual arts.

“No one wants to read a magazine that’s all the same. We look for work that is new and interesting and that is not always just from our creative writing majors,” Amanda Sorrell, ReCap’s editor-in-chief, said.

ReCap’s submission deadline is Nov. 6, and students may submit one piece of prose that is no longer than 16 pages, four poems, or four pieces of visual art.

“We do blind submissions so our editors do not know whose piece it is when they are reading, and we also ask that students take identifying headers off of any work they submit,” Sorrell said.

Pieces can be submitted online at, where contact information and a weekly blog are also located.

ReCap will also be hosting an Open Mic Night from 8 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 9 in One Main Café.

“Anyone is welcome to come out and share their work, poetry, flash fiction, etc.,” Sorrell said. “No advanced sign up is necessary. Just come out!”

Epistimi, on the other hand, is a research journal that focuses on computational, or empirical, research conducted by Capital students.

Mariegeo Nyamitambo, a student editor at Epistimi, said that submissions open in May, following finals.

“All students that conducted research and presented at Symposium are given the opportunity to submit their manuscripts,” Nyamitambo said.

Submitted manuscripts must have a title page with contact information, an abstract, a relevant literature review, method and results sections, discussion and conclusions, a reference list, appropriate tables and figures, and be no more than 40 pages in length.

Epistimi can be found online at

Ellipsis, a publication that posts theoretical and qualitative work, is currently working on its first issue.

“We accept paper submissions leading into the fall semester,” Alex Mathews, chief editor, said. “Students submit their papers to me by the deadline. After each round of review, they are told where they stand.”

Ellipsis encourages anyone with qualitative and theoretical work to submit a piece, regardless of their department.

“Really, what determines if something gets published is mostly creativity and strength of argument,” Mathews said.

The Ellipsis team is hoping to have both online and paper copies available by the end of spring.

The Bexley Elbow, a Facebook page that specializes in satire about Capital, fits in a category a bit outside of the others.

“The humor is super weird and nonsensical, but that’s essentially the kind of thing that my friends and I think is funny, sort of along the lines of Clickhole or Adult Swim shows like Eric Andre and Tim & Eric,” said James Harker, the voice behind the jokes.

Harker doesn’t publish anything as physical copies, and right now the dream lives solely on Facebook.

“A couple of times, I’ve had articles written by other people, but mostly it’s just me,” he said. “Typically, I’ll just take whatever people are talking about (like the Aramark food code violation thing) and make it into some absurdist article that I’ll put on Facebook groups.”

Harker had one particularly successful post about which local businesses were taking CapBucks this year that ended up getting around 900 views.

The Bexley Elbow can be found at

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