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Student Voices

There are several venues available to spread the written word of our students.


Orpheus, an art and literary magazine, began publishing student writing in 1903 when it was called The Exponent. Orpheus is published twice a year entirely by students. It promotes the arts through its publication, chalk murals, talent shows, and poetry readings. Students contribute their own work, which can include painting, photography, essays, short stories, poetry and more. Orpheus offers many areas of involvement. Students may work as editors, in magazine publicity, and in sales. Its office is located in Kennedy Union.

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Line by Line

Published each Fall and Spring semester, Line By Line: A Journal of Beginning Student Writing recognizes outstanding work created by students in the First- and Second-Year Writing Program at the University of Dayton. Submission is open to all students in ENG 100, ENG 114, ENG 198, ENG 200, ASI 110, or ASI 120. Three awards are given to exceptionally strong writers in each issue.

The mission of Line by Line is to showcase exemplary student writing and digital composition, give students the opportunity to have their work shared publicly, and serve as a permanent repository for the wide variety of writing and scholarship that is happening in UD’s Writing Program.

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Since 2002, the Department of English at the University of Dayton has annually or biennially hosted LitFest, a creative festival of literary arts that brings the UD and Dayton communities together in a celebration of diverse and accessible poetry. From its inception, the coordinators of LitFest have sought to showcase both well-known and up- and-coming writers who highlight the diversity of the American poetry scene.

LitFest has enabled us to bring poets and scholars of local, regional, and national reputation to campus to work with students, faculty, and Dayton community members-including a diversity of writers such as The Lambda Literary Foundation's Emerging Writers, Janet McAdams (Alabama Creek/Scottish/Irish, 2009), Jeff Gundy (Midwestern Mennonite, 2009), Henry Oso Quintero (New Mexican mestizo, 2007), Ai Ogawa (½Japanese, Choctaw- Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche, 2005), Marge Piercy (Jewish, 2004), Jimmy Santiago Baca (Chicano, 2003), and Quincy Troupe (African American, 2002).

Well-known, local Slam/Performance poets coordinate the event and related workshops. Engaging and connecting readers and writers of all kinds with this work and with each other has been a major goal of the festival. The involvement of both undergraduate and graduate students and local and regional writing communities has been a hallmark of the LitFest tradition as isthe student-oriented "Slam” which closes the festival.

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Department of English

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520