Hieroglyph expands reach online and in Memphis bookstores!

Hieroglyph, Southwest’s literary journal, is expanding its reach into the community. The College’s literary journal is now available free of cost at two new off-campus locations – Novel Books at 387 Perkins Extended and Burke’s Bookstore at 936 South Cooper Street. With distribution to these two important Memphis bookstores, the public will learn more about the contributions of Southwest’s literary community. Hieroglyph staff has been working to make the publication more visible in the community for some time and is thrilled the bookstores graciously agreed to offer free space for Hieroglyph at their respective locations.

Free copies of the 2018-2019 edition of Hieroglyph remain available to the public without check-out at the Macon and Union Avenue Campus Libraries. The latest edition of Hieroglyph includes a foreward by Caki Wilkinson, poet and Rhodes College professor, as well as a short story by Jerome Wilson, the Journal’s assistant editor and author of several works including his collection of short stories, Paper Garden and Other Stories (Kerlack 2005).

Hieroglyph’s staff also looks forward to showcasing additional enhancements in the upcoming fall edition. For example, Susanna Jackson, author of The Growing Rock (Harvard Square Editions, 2017) and instructor in the Department of Languages and Literature, has joined Hieroglyph’s staff as the new fiction consultant. With a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, Susanna brings a wealth of knowledge to Hieroglyph. As a former Southwest student whose first publication experience was with Hieroglyph, she uniquely understands the wonderful impact it can have on the College’s student body. “Being published at all is a big deal, but being published as a college student is extra special and rewarding,” Jackson said. “Not only does a student publication draw attention on a résumé or application, but for students who want to pursue writing seriously, it often lays the groundwork for future publications. For me, being published in Hieroglyph at such a young age helped other publishers see that I had potential because I had been published in an acclaimed, sought-after journal already. On a more personal level, being published as a student gave me confidence to continue writing when I, otherwise, might have given up.”

In addition to expanding its publication’s reach in print, Hieroglyph also has established an online presence with the help of Southwest Webmaster Clint Norwood. Hieroglyph online allows writers to submit their work for consideration for publication in upcoming issues. While the traditional mail-in process remains available, the online option offers an easier, more time efficient means of interacting with Hieroglyph. Submissions to the fall 2019 edition remain open through May 15.

Daniel Gillespie, Hieroglyph editor and assistant professor of English, asks that his colleagues take the time to not only encourage their students to submit to Hieroglyph, but also to submit their own creative work. “We hope to see the tradition of faculty contributions not simply continue, but also increase,” Gillespie said. “Our goal is to also maintain the Journal’s commitment to the student body, on whose creative work the Journal depends.”

Social media is on the menu, too. A new Facebook page, @hieroglyphjournal, was launched last fall to give Hieroglyph readers a more immediate way to keep informed of all things new with Hieroglyph.

Languages and Literature Department Chair Thad Cockrill and Ada Shotwell, former Dean of Liberal Studies and Education at Southwest Tennessee Community College, along with several of their colleagues, established Hieroglyph in 2006. Since then, Hieroglyph has included the work of talented students, faculty and staff at Southwest, and even friends of the College, including established authors like Don Share, Ellen Gilchrist and Carry Holladay, all gracious supporters of Southwest’s literature community.

After 13 years, Hieroglyph remains committed to celebrating artistic expression at Southwest as it seeks to publish an eclectic mix of literature and visual art, including poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and photography.

For more information, contact Hieroglyph’s publication staff:

James Daniel Gillespie
Maxine Smith Center
Room 214e
Phone: (901) 333-6016

Assistant Editor
Jerome Wilson
Union Avenue Campus
E Building, Room 210
Phone: (901) 333-5215

Research Editor
Douglas Branch
Macon Cove Campus
Academic Building A, Room 110B
Phone: (901) 333-4483