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      The Blue Route

      Widener’s International Literary Journal Celebrates 10th Anniversary

      By Jennifer Rohrbach ‘19, English and creative writing

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      10th Anniversary

      The staff of Widener’s international literary journal The Blue Route published its 20th issue in May.

      I joined The Blue Route, an international literary journal for undergraduate writers, in my first semester of college.

      As a freshman English major, I didn't know many other people in the Humanities yet. The only other English major I knew lived across the hall from me in my freshman dorm, and we decided to join The Blue Route together after our professor talked about it in class.

      I didn't know it then, but that woman would become my roommate for the next three years and one of my best friends – and I would eventually become the editor-in-chief of The Blue Route.

      That is what I think is special about The Blue Route: It's more than just a club. Reading and scoring submissions made me realize I wanted to pursue a major in creative writing, as well as English. Now, I will be attending Emerson College in the fall for a Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing.

      Joining The Blue Route helped me meet new friends, even in my senior year. It has also given me leadership opportunities — social media manager in my junior year and editor-in-chief in my senior year — that I may not have received at a different university.

      I'm excited that the spring 2018 issue marks the 10-year anniversary of The Blue Route. For years, we've published poetry and prose about the challenges and joys of contemporary life.

      In the anniversary issue, we are celebrating new and old voices by publishing a regular issue with eight amazing pieces, alongside a "Best of" issue of previously published work selected by past editors.

      This issue looks back on the legacy of The Blue Route and what it has contributed to the literary community for the last 10 years.

      The most rewarding aspect of being in The Blue Route, especially as editor-in-chief, has been publishing diverse voices with unique stories to tell, because they are all vital pieces of the human experience. Especially in this time of political upheaval and social unrest, it is essential that artistic expressions continue to be produced and dispersed. I am proud to be a part of that.

      You can view the 20th issue of The Blue Route on our website or our Issuu page.


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