There’s no limit to the creativity that fills the pages of the recently released Fall/Spring 2013-14 edition of Seneca Review. The edition marks the first to include “beyond category” work, as well as the introduction of “Beyond Category Online,” the online version of the print publication.
The latest issue branches out from Seneca Review’s typical focus of the lyric essay, a cross fertilization of poetry and non-fiction, to include what the editors are calling Beyond Category – work that crosses bigger lines of genre and form. Beyond category crosses not just between poetry and essays, but also between writing and visual art, and between analog and digital.
“The idea for the special issue, ‘Beyond Category,’ came from a recognition that remarkable work is being done at the intersection of literary genres and at the nexus of literary and artistic genres,” says Professor of English David Weiss, who is the editor of Seneca Review. “We decided to publish work that combined text with visual art, music, video, cartoon, architecture, photography and drawing.”
The 2013-14 issue features 20 unique works submitted by a wide range of contributors. From “Mark Ditto Mark,” a conceptual novel generated by a browser extension, to creative print submissions like “Poetry Diagrams,” and “indefinITe,” the issue pushes the boundaries and will challenge even the most creative artists.
To accommodate the diverse array of works submitted for the issue, Weiss, along with editors Joshua Unikel ’07, who also designed the issue, and Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Kathryn Cowles, took creative measures to ensure no type of work was turned away.
The issue is mailed in a cardboard box so that it can include large posters, a magnifying glass, and even water-transfer tattoos. The introduction of “Beyond Category Online,” which will now be published to coincide with very print edition, accommodates submissions which can only be viewed digitally. Weiss says the work they received for this edition is “remarkable, exploratory, and original.”
The editors are already planning another groundbreaking edition for the fall, when they will be putting out another double-issue. John D’Agata ’95, who is Seneca Review’s non-fiction editor and also teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa, is editing the edition. The issue will be called “You May As Well Just Call it the Lyric Essay,” and will be comprised of the 15 best lyric essays published in the Seneca Review since 1997.
Weiss also says they are hoping to integrate work Seneca Review is doing with the TRIAS writer in residence program “to give students a fuller taste for the kind of editorial and literary work that is available to them.”
Distributed internationally, Seneca Review was founded in 1970 by Professor Emeritus of English James Crenner and Ira Sadoff. It is published by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press.
Link to beyond category online: http://www.hws.edu/senecareview/bc/