Literary notoriety at YSU

Five students from YSU's Student Literary Arts Association make up the core team for Jenny, an online literary magazine published by the group.

Jenny is an online literary magazine published by YSU's Student Literary Arts Association. Pictured are Jenny core team members.

YSU’s Student Literary Arts Association has published its third edition of Jenny, an online literary magazine that has gained the attention of nationally acclaimed authors, influential writing competitions and a worldwide audience.

Jenny’s core team consists of Christopher Lettera, center, a graduate student in English and president of SLAA and Jenny; Amber Pence, vice president; Sarah Burnett, top right, senior in English, secretary; and Kayla Jeswald, bottom left, English major and creative writing minor, treasurer.

These students head the group’s efforts in publishing the online magazine that features short fiction, poetry and essays from authors and students both around the globe and Youngstown born. From fundraising and promoting to selecting pieces, hosting large-scale premiere parties and publishing issues on their website, designed by YSU alum Dave Drogowski, the team is leading other universities in its online publishing approach.

Jenny has already earned an international reputation, receiving submissions from Korea; views in Europe, Australia, China and the Middle East; and nominations for national awards. Grad student Matt Lattanzi, top left, is the outreach coordinator for Jenny and was published in the magazine’s first issue. His story, “Dreaming in Flesh” was featured online at Daily Fiction and selected as a Notable Story of 2010 for the Million Writers Award. In addition, YSU student Andrew Whitmer, bottom right, 2010-11 SLAA vice president, placed 5th in a short story competition for the National Society for Arts and Letters. Lettera placed 4th in the same contest. The writers placing above these two YSU undergraduates at the time were Ph.D. candidates.

Check out the Jenny website to see past issues and to learn more about SLAA’s mission to promote literacy and entertain readers with Jenny.