Celebrate a New School Year!

20170809_140955-e1502738728633.jpgIt’s back-to-school time! Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t have to be bad news. The new school year is filled with many opportunities and fun activities. Opportunities?

Opportunities won’t always come find you; rather, we must try to find them. If you’re looking to start a career, get involved on campus in organizations that will help you build your resumé. Participate in activities within your department/major. Networking is the key to starting a great career!

Whether you’re returning to school or starting your first semester, there’s always something new to discover. Try searching for a club that catches your attention or create your own. Clubs and organizations are great ways to interact with others who share a common interest.

New to the university life or looking for something fresh? Try a writing or art class! Add some creativity to your fall schedule by enrolling in an art studio or Writer’s Workshop (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting) class. Instructors in both departments are focused on helping you create the best work. You don’t even have to be in the major to take most of the introductory classes!

“I Have a Story to Tell…”: Have you felt inspired to write this summer?  We’d love to see what you’ve got! Send in your art, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, and other creative pieces to 13th Floor by October 31st to be considered for the Spring 2018 issue. For more information, please visit: https://13thfloormagazine.com/submission-guidelines/

5 Books To Read This Summer

Have you finished your summer reading list? Are you looking for something new to read? If so, check out these five books you should read this summer.

1. Hunger: A Memoir of  (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist. Her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, was just released this June 2017! This memoir tackles vulnerable subjects such as body weight, food, and self-image. This powerful book is definitely worth checking out!


2. When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz, a Mojave American poet, published her debut poetry collection in 2012. When My Brother Was an Aztec gives readers a glimpse into life in and out of the Mojave Reservation. If you are interested in exploring family-narrative poetry, take a look at Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec.


3. Enigma by Tonya Kuper

Tonya Kuper is a part-time instructor at UNO. Her debut novel, Anomaly, is the first book to the Schrodinger’s Consortium duology. Enigma, the second book, was just released on July 3rd of this year.

This young-adult fiction series follows a “nerdy” teenage girl named Josie, who discovers she is unlike most other teenagers. She is an anomaly and can make objects appear and disappear using her own mind. If you like young-adult fiction or want to follow Josie on her epic journey, read Tonya Kuper’s Anomaly and Enigma.


4. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Look familiar? Gene Luen Yang visited UNO in Spring 2016! Yang was also recently named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

Have a look at Gene Luen Yang’s award-winning graphic novel, American Born Chinese. The story’s protagonist, Jin, is a teenager faced with racial struggles and stereotypes. Like most teenagers, he is also trying to figure out who he is. This graphic novel is sprinkled with humor and culture throughout. It certainly is worth a read!


5. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is an award-winning writer of books like, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Flight, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to name a few.

His memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, was just published this June. This book allows you to see into Alexie’s life through verse and prose as he experiences grief, from his mother’s passing, and memories from a complicated childhood. If you are a fan of Alexie’s writing, consider adding You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me to your summer reading list!

Save the Date for the 700 Words Prose Slam!

Have you ever wanted to read your work before an audience? UNO’s Writer’s Workshop and English Department will be holding a prose slam at Apollon Art Space on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Come out at 7:00 to read your work. Or, if you don’t have anything to read, stop by and support the readers for free!

Keeping 13th Floor Close to Home

Over the course of the past few months there’s been a lot of discussion on how the magazine will operate in the future.

What does this mean exactly?

Well, although we have been overjoyed with the interaction and participation from the community, 13th Floor will no longer be accepting outside submissions. As UNO’s official literary magazine, it has been decided that future publications will focus on the works of current students and alumni.

This also means that submission and staff application processes will alter due to the discontinuation of the summer edition. Updates on how to apply for the future team will be available on our website soon.

We hope that you’ll continue to support our publication, as it is the love and care we receive that makes this all worth it.

New Year, New Edition!

That’s right, folks, it’s finally here! Our 2017 Spring Edition is ripe and ready for your reading pleasure!

Head over to our issues page to get your hands on a print copy or to download the Ebook and start your year off right.

All proceeds go toward printing future issues as we are a non-profit student run and self funded organization, and as always we love and appreciate your continued support.

Omaha Artist Series: Kristopher Rosa

Art is a powerful thing. It is a way to tell stories without words and interpretation is always welcome. It takes time to create, much like change.

Kristopher Rosa invites this type of thinking into his work. From a very young age Rosa developed an interest in animals while trying to develop his artistic style, “When I was about five  years old living in California, my cousin Cole and I would always draw sharks and sea creatures. He got me into art. In 2009, I decided to go to college for art and graphic design, I took figure drawing and painting classes for two semesters. That kind of got me in the groove.”

Rosa has transformed both of these passions into a platform to create a message of preservation.

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“In recent years I’ve been hearing about animal abuse. Animals near extinction, global warming, everything that is effecting the bees, frogs, everything! My personal belief is that animals aren’t just animals. They are creatures of the same earth.”

Using both images of strength, majesty, and mindfulness Rosa hopes to become involved with organizations that can donate and raise awareness for broader audiences.

To see more of Kristopher Rosa’s work  you can find him on Instagram and his website.

Don’t forget to check out our Rosa favorites in our gallery!

 

NaNoWriMo or Nah?

Believe us when we say we’re kicking ourselves for not talking about Inktober (please tag us in your favorite Inktober posts on Instagram or Twitter: @13thfloormag, we’d love to see them!) October proved too hectic, but we’re not going to miss out on NaNoWriMo!

For those who aren’t acquainted with the snazzy acronym, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month where writers from every corner of the creative space attempt to write a 50,000 word novel between the first and last day of November. Some people stop shaving— we do this  (or both, I don’t know. You do you).

Obviously there are pros and cons to the project:

Pros-

Deadlines are the slap we all need. NaNoWriMo is a wonderful professor in the art of discipline and time management.

Practice makes polished works. Nothing will ever be “perfect” but like any other craft, the more you tend to it and hone your skills, the better you will become.

Let’s face it. Not everything you hurl onto the page in this time frame is going to be a gem, but there might be little geodes trapped within that you can work with when you have more time.

A sense of accomplishment is never a bad thing. If you finish the thing, no matter what you end up with, you achieved something. In an industry that can be a little soul crushing at times, taking pleasure in the little victories is always needed.

Cons-

It’s a lot of pressure. There’s no denying that, and really who needs that anxiety.

It focuses on the what and not the why. NaNoWriMo pushes you to write. Anything. But because of the deadline you don’t get the pleasure of playing around with the work, getting to know it, and cherishing it’s muses.

 

At the end of the day, one has to keep in mind that it’s just a project, an exercise, a game, if you will. New writer’s should keep in mind that if you struggle with this, if you don’t complete it— it’s ok. Much like finding your style it takes time and trial and error.

So— are you taking the plunge or sitting on the sidelines this year? Let us know in the comments down below and tag us on Facebook and Tumblr with your endeavors!