It’s going to be an exciting spring for COG. The most recent issue of Cogswell’s multimedia literature publication includes an interview with George Saunders, award-winning author and recent recipient of the Man Booker Prize. It also includes the animated adaptation of Siamak Vossoughi's COG Page to Screen Award-winning story, selected by Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket himself). COG's literary competitions (judged by luminaries including, most recently, former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and NPR's Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington) have appeared in The New York Times, US News, The Washington Post, ABC, MSN and the UK's Daily Mail. Last semester, Founding Editor Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and FA17 Editor-In-Chief Cheyenne Mikailli made a guest appearance at the San Francisco Public Library for a panel discussion on creative collaboration.
These are just a few of the many great things in store for COG this term:
COG will present on a panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Tampa, Florida, in March 2018. The event will host more than 12,000 attendees from the industry. Frazier and Mikailli will present alongside COG staffers Zaid Shaikh and Joseph Fortuno, as well as COG contributor and Cogswell faculty member July Westhale.
“When AWP accepted our proposal to present at the annual conference,” says Frazier, “I knew we were doing something innovative that other publishers could learn from – and that COG had made it into the literary big leagues. But far from being our destination, this marks the start of our journey. There are many, many emerging writers whom we seek to introduce to our audience; shooting stars whom we'll treat with the same care as we do literary all-stars who've reached their full height in the sky.”
In addition to the AWP Conference, COG is wrapping up the 2017-2018 COG Poetry Awards and preparing for the COG Page-to-Screen Awards. These international contests have drawn entries from nearly every state in the U.S. and garnered international attention with submissions from Sweden, England, Israel, India, Canada, Mauritius, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. Contest finalists are identified by students in the COG or COG 2 classes before the winning pieces are selected by celebrity authors – then adapted as animated shorts or graphic eBooks by DAA and DAT students. “It’s a labor of love,” adds Frazier, “requiring complex collaborative work, but our staff agrees that it’s worth burning the midnight oil for.”
Cogswell students are in charge of publishing the three online issues and one print issue every year. COG offers its audience poetry, prose, videos, and an audio series called Cogitate. “When I first started at COG here, I thought it would be really difficult because the first assignment was really hard,” says BBA freshman Jacob Spence, “but besides that, it’s rolling now, which makes it a lot easier.” Students can join COG via ENG229 Cog: The Publishing Experience and HUM329 COG 2: Advanced Literary Studies.
To learn more about COG or the contests, please visit https://www.cogzine.com/.