The staff of Pitt-Bradford’s literary magazine
Baily’s Beads will unveil its comic-book themed 2014 issue at the Annual
Literary Magazine Celebration Wednesday.
celebration, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg
Commons. There will be refreshments, as well as an open mic for those who wish
to share poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or other original work.
The 2014 magazine features Baily’s Beads’ first graphic
novel-style piece of short fiction by Nyssa Brumagin, a 2013 graduate, and a
comic-book style cover and design by Shauna Kelsey, a writing major from
Bradford. Kelsey’s cover shows a superhero, Baily, flying over the city of
“I wanted our hero to be the sort of smart, powerful and
fully-dressed female that almost never has a starring role in commercial
publications,” Kelsey wrote in the magazine. I wanted her to be brave and
honorable, but also have to have bad habits (procrastination!) and poor
eyesight. I wanted anyone who learned about Baily to find some sense of
themslves in her whether it was in her looks, her personality or even her
Another feature is the inclusion of contest finalists who wrote
poetry or prose using the words “broken mask,” “violin,” “neon lights,” “ashes,”
Kelsey served as co-editor with Courtney Gorrell, a writing
major from Gifford. Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing and
director of the writing program, is the advisor.
Also during the celebration, Dr. Steven Hardin, vice
president and dean of academic affairs, will present honors awarded to the 2013
issue: first place with special merit from American Scholastic Press
Association and a Gold Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press
Editor for the 2013 issue was Seth Cheatle, a 2013 graduate.
For those unable to make the unveiling of the 2014 issue, copies
will be available throughout campus or by contacting McCabe at (814) 362-0785
Submissions are now being accepted. For more information,
For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disabilities
Resources and Service at (814) 362-7609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.