Greetings from the new Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Brown!

Photo by Will Johnson

I am so excited to be heading up the 2011 issue of This Side of West! This department, and this journal are very important to me, and I want to create an environment where everyone feels that they are not only welcomed, but appreciated. A few things:

+If you are interested in editing or submitting to This Side of West, taking on a leadership role in the department, or have any questions/concerns about the journal or the Writing Students Union, please come to the AGM on Friday, October 15, at 4 pm in FIA 203. There will be snacks! (Although they will probably be snacks that I bought from the grocery store).

+ I’m still taking applications for editors, especially for Fiction, Drama and CNF. Send me a writing sample, along with your preferred genre and a short paragraph on why you think you’d be a suitable editor for This Side of West. Final decisions will be made (if all goes well) by Oct. 15

+ Keep your eyes & ears open and peeled for the upcoming Editor’s Reading (where the selected Editors will have a chance to read from their work). I’m also hoping to have a featured “up and comers” section of the night, and I’d love to hear from any first-year students that would be interested in reading!

+ I’m always an email away ( if you have any concerns or questions. I also really like chatting about writing related things, so don’t be shy!

Michelle Brown

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