Last night, Thursday, April 4, the Trinity Review hosted a pre-release party and open mic night to celebrate the release of this year’s Review.  In addition, the Anonymous Writer’s Society hosted a competition for creative comedy or satire writing in celebration of April Fools’ day.

The release party, held in the Skyline Room, was the first chance for students and now-published authors to get a copy of the Review.  With food and a cash bar, the party was a “great way for those published [in the Review] to share their work,” said senior Mallory Conder, co-editor of the Review this year.

The Trinity Review is now available to all students in the English department, Coates University Center or Coates Library.

“If you like literature and reading, [the Review] is a free student publication for great student work,” said senior Elisa Reyna, co-editor.

The comedy, satire or plot twist writing contest put on by the Anonymous Writer’s Society was a success, and helped the group to gain notoriety on campus and not be quite as “anonymous.”  The society meets Mondays at 8 p.m. in Northrup 332, near the English department.  The meetings are a place for writers to get feedback on their compositions.

“If you’ve written anything—prose, poetry, haikus, etc.—you can come to read it and get critiques or thoughts, or just listen to other author’s pieces,” said Devon Powers, society member.

Shy members of this club can be “anonymous” if they send in their compositions to be read by another member, and they will still receive feedback without revealing their identity.

“I like learning how to give constructive criticism and how to get it.  You can write something and not know what to do with it and other members will give you their thoughts and critiques and it’s really helpful,” said Christine Gurley, a first year biology major.

This club can be a great outlet for writers from any major to get both feedback and ideas.

“Part of the novelty is you hear things you wouldn’t think to write or read,” Powers said.  “There is also no limitation on the club and members don’t have to be English majors…I’m an engineering major and I don’t write often enough, but I like it.”

“We’re a unique group of people and we have a lot of fun at our meetings,” Gurley said.  “Talk to us at the Student Involvement Fair next fall, and you can even have a say in when we meet.”

If you’re interested in reading or writing, pick up your copy of the Trinity Review or attend a meeting of the Anonymous Writer’s Society this spring.