XYLEM x OPEN MIC @ crazy wisdom

JOIN US for Xylem’s annual Open Mic at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom on November 11 at 7:30 PM! University of Michigan undergraduate students will perform their creative work — whether it be read or sung — and we’ll provide the refreshments and noisemakers! Expect a night filled with snaps and an open performance floor, which we’ll open up to everyone/anyone (?!) at the end of the event. However, signing up on this Google Form will guarantee you the mic. (Highly recommended.)
Get loud with us for a night of hilarity, heartbreak, and everything in between. Slam poetry, fiction excerpts, self-written tunes, etc. are welcome. Peep the event with #xylemopenmic on instagram, and watch out for updates on our facebook page.. See you there.
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love,
Xylem Staff

Xylem Committees 2016-17

Hi All!

Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to the mass meeting! It was so lovely meeting you all. If you weren’t able to make the meeting then that’s okay! You can find a detailed list of the committees and the responsibilities they entail here:

Xylem Committee Information

You can download the chair application here: Committee Chair Application

Please submit your application to xylemliterarymagazine@gmail.com with the title of the position(s) you are applying to as the subject line and your application as an attachment (you can pass along your resume if you have relevant experience, but it’s not mandatory or expected). You may apply for more than one chair position, just specify which ones in your e-mail. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 30th by midnight. If you submit after this time your application will not be considered for leadership, but we will include you in whatever committee you applied to.

Please remember that it is completely fine if you don’t have experience with this type of work. This is a learning experience where we can all benefit from each other in working toward a common goal: putting together a collection of interesting, thought-provoking and original student work. We are looking to build a team of dedicated, creative, hardworking individuals to see this magazine through to publication.

For those of you who are interested in joining a committee but not leading one: go ahead and peruse the committee information sheet and get an idea of which committees you can see yourself working with. Once we select our chairs, they’ll be in touch about meeting times and objectives for each group. (If you are NOT already on our mailing list contact us at xylemliterarymagazine@gmail.com and we’ll get you added!)

Committee Chairs will be selected and notified by the end of the day on Saturday, September 31st. Once we have our chairs selected and our executive board established, we’ll be meeting on Sunday, October 1st and every Sunday thereafter.

We look forward to reading your applications and getting to know you all!

Love,

Xylem Staff

Xylem Committees 2015-2016

Hi All!

Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to the mass meeting! It was so lovely meeting you all. If you weren’t able to make the meeting then that’s okay! You can find a detailed list of the committees and the responsibilities they entail here:

Xylem Committee Information

You can download the chair application here: Committee Chair Application

After passing out a few hard copies, I’ve realized it will be easiest to have all the applications in one place. Please submit your application to xylemliterarymagazine@gmail.com with the title of the position(s) you are applying to as the subject line and your application as an attachment (you can pass along your resume if you have relevant experience, but it’s not mandatory or expected). You may apply for more than one chair position, just specify which ones in your e-mail. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 5 by midnight. If you submit after this time your application will not be considered for leadership, but we will include you in whatever committee you applied to.

Please remember that it is completely fine if you don’t have experience with this type of work. This is a learning experience where we can all benefit from each other in working toward a common goal: putting together a collection of interesting, thought-provoking and original student work. We are looking to build a team of dedicated, creative, hardworking individuals to see this magazine through to publication.

For those of you who are interested in joining a committee but not leading one: go ahead and peruse the committee information sheet and get an idea of which committees you can see yourself working with. Once we select our chairs, they’ll be in touch about meeting times and objectives for each group. (If you are NOT already on our mailing list contact us at xylemliterarymagazine@gmail.com and we’ll get you added!)

Committee Chairs will be selected and notified by the end of the day on Wednesday, October 7. Once we have our chairs selected and our executive board established, we’ll get in touch with the rest of the group to set up committee meetings and get to know each other.

We look forward to reading your applications and getting to know you all!

Love,

Xylem Staff

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Mass Meeting Today

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Today’s the day! Xylem’s mass meeting will be held in 3222 Angell Hall at 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget you Mcards! You may need them to access the building.

We’re really looking forward to meeting you all. See you tonight!

Love, Xylem Staff

Mass Meeting

Hi everyone!

In case you missed it, the Xylem Mass Meeting will occur one week from today: Thursday, Sept. 24 in 3222 Angell Hall.

Even if you’re not exactly sure what Xylem is all about, please come. We will detail all of the different ways to get involved with Xylem, from our varying committees to executive board positions as committee chairs. We’re excited to get started on this year-long process!

See you then!

~Xylem Staff

Helicon Art Exhibit

The books that sit on our proverbial nightstands seem to leer at us and constantly remind us that we should read them, eventually. Or have I just had too much coffee? Anyway, here’s an obvious statement: It’s hard to read for leisure as a student. It’s also hard to read for leisure as a “young person” generally; millions of things seem to be competing for our attention as we try to learn how to prioritize and multitask. We’re on our phones, running from one place to another. Maybe we’re even running into each other. Amidst the chaos, I often find myself worryingly thinking about all the books that I’m missing out on, all the issues I’m not aware of, and all the conversations I can’t be apart of as a result of not having the time to read certain books.

Here’s another obvious statement: It’s also hard to see art as a student. There’s as much visual art out there as there are books. We know it’s out there, and we know we should see it, eventually. But seeing art, like reading, takes effort. It also requires you to put down your binders, your notebooks, your cell phone, your trombone, and whatever else you might have in your hands, so that you can really see what’s in front of you. I did this on Friday to see the “Luminosity” exhibition sponsored by the undergraduate organization Helicon. In short, the experience amazed me. I was amazed by the work of my peers and by the atmosphere of everyone appreciating the work around them. It also expanded my horizons on the meanings and interpretations of the theme of “luminosity.”

So sure, we all have our own stacks of books waiting to be read and we have all made mental notes to read more often. When I left the exhibition, however, I made a different kind of mental note: Go to more art exhibitions. You might argue that if you can view so much art on the internet, why bother seeing it in person? But it’s worth it to actually seeing art in person. Art, realistically, connotes many different things, but most of all it connotes tangible and material objects, and experiencing the tangibleness and the materialness of the art means that you should probably be in the same room as it. Also, many artists, and especially fledgling artists, may not have websites or even have their work on the internet at all.

I’ll end with this statement, which is perhaps depressing but which is also most likely true: Realistically, when we graduate we probably won’t magically have all the time in the world to read and to see art. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we can always count on full schedules and hectic lives. I just know that for me, and probably for many of you, reading and seeing art will make it a whole lot more enjoyable and meaningful, not to mention expand our minds.

Here are some upcoming exhibitions in Ann Arbor:

WSG Gallery

“WSG Holiday Show”

December 2, 2014- January 3, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 7pm

Ann Arbor Art Center

“A Celebration of Local Architecture and Design”

November 21, 2014- December 7, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6pm

“Art Off the Wall”

December 12, 2014- January 4th, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, December 12, 6pm

“Allegorical Space”

January 9, 2015- February 22, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 6pm

Ann Arbor District Library Downtown

“Ann Arbor Women Artists”

Now through November 24, 2014

“Seemingly Unrelated: Paintings by the Saline Painters Guild”

December 2, 2014- January 14, 2015

“New Prints from the AADL Collection”

December 2, 2014- January 14, 2015

 

–Kara Krause, Senior, English Major, Xylem Submissions Chair

Storytelling

As an English major, I am lucky that most of my classes require me to read really good books. A few weeks before this semester, I stumbled upon a class called “Memoir and Social Crisis.” The professor was well liked and it fit into my schedule, so I enrolled. As the weeks go by, the assigned texts have become permanently stacked on my nightstand and I find myself staying up late into the night because I simply can’t stop reading. What I’ve discovered is that I personally cannot get enough of memoirs because to me, they are the lifeblood of literature.

If there were one memoir I would recommend to anyone, it would be “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. According to the author, this work is fiction, but that in no way discredits the reasons why I love it so much or why I think everyone should read it. “The Things They Carried” is a book that most students have encountered in a high school English class. Because it’s about O’Brien’s experience serving in the Vietnam War, the book is heavy (almost painfully) and not for people looking for a neat, fast-paced plot or steamy romance story. In high school, I can shamefully admit that I remember using SparkNotes to know enough of the plot to pass weekly quizzes. That was that. I never even opened it.

I read “The Things They Carried” over the summer during a six-week program called the New England Literature Program. It was a book that I chose to read in addition to assigned texts like Emily Dickinson or Thoreau, and I can honestly say that late in the night I could be found in my sleeping bag, headlight dimmed low, reading “The Things They Carried.” I kept thinking how much of a fool I was for not reading the book back in high school. At the same time, I wasn’t ready for it. During NELP, my boyfriend was serving his second tour in Afghanistan. As I was studying classic New England Literature in the middle of the woods, he was fighting in a war. The book was something that I carried in my own backpack, up into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, to Acadia National Park in Maine, and along the shores of Lake Winnipesauke. Because I knew nothing about the war my boyfriend was fighting, I turned to O’Brien and learned about his. I read about soldiers, their hopes and moments of courage, their cruelty. I positioned myself so O’Brien was talking to me, telling me how war is hell and there is no moral, so stop looking for one.

I cannot put to words what “The Things They Carried” has meant to me over the past year. Re-reading it for “Memoir and Social Crisis” has proved to be equally as rewarding as it was at NELP, even though my boyfriend is back in the U.S. and I’m no longer out in the woods. The lessons have stayed. Even if my own circumstances have caused me to place this book in my permanent “back pocket,” everyone who writes should read this book. O’Brien wrote to save others and to save himself. I write to navigate the complexity of college, to keep my head from going under. When college is over, what will remain will be what was written. Everyday that motivated me to put my stories on paper. That way, other people can carry them with me.

–Hannah Bates, Junior, English major, Xylem Editing chair

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Xylem 2014-2015

Hi All!

Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to the mass meeting! It was so lovely meeting you all. If you weren’t able to make the meeting then that’s okay! You can find a detailed list of open chair positions and the responsibilities they entail here:

Xylem Committee Information

You can download the chair application here: Committee Chair Application

Please submit your application to xylemliterarymagazine@gmail.com with the title of the position you are applying to as the subject line and your application as an attachment (you can pass along your resume if you have relevant experience, but that’s not mandatory or expected). You may apply for more than one chair position, just specify which ones in your e-mail. The deadline for applications is Monday October 13 by midnight. If you submit after this time your application will not be considered for leadership, but we will include you in whatever committee you applied to.

Please remember that it is completely fine if you don’t have experience with this type of work (unless you are applying to be chair for the layout committee, for which experience is required). This is a learning experience where we can all benefit from each other in working toward a common goal: putting together a collection of interesting, thought-provoking and original student work. We are looking to build a team of dedicated, creative, hardworking individuals to see this magazine through to publication.

For those of you who are interested in joining a committee but not leading one: go ahead and peruse the committee information sheet and get an idea of which committees you can see yourself working with. Once we select our chairs, they’ll be in touch about meeting times and objectives for each group. [If you are NOT already on our mailing list contact us at xylemliterarymagazine@gmail.com and we’ll get you added!]

Committee Chairs will be selected and notified by the end of the day on Tuesday October 14. Once we have our chairs selected and our executive board established, we’ll get in touch with the rest of the group to set up committee meetings and get to know each other.

We look forward to reading your applications and getting to know you all!

Love,

Xylem Staff

The sun is shining: summer reading

The sun is shining.  People have cautiously put away their winter coats and left their gloves at home. It is that short time in Michigan, that precious time between the basement freezer and the frying pan.  

And we all have finals. Papers. Exams. Presentations.  Our lives are put on hold as our determination, smarts, and self-worth are put to the test. 

So instead of talking about what is in my backpack or my bed stand (schoolbooks and empty coffee mugs), I shall look forward to better things. Here is my summer reading list:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

I love Margaret Atwood. I once heard her speak and she was so hilarious, so poignant and so intelligent. My sister and I got our beloved copy of The Blind Assassin signed, but were too in awe to actually speak to her. I also love sci-fi and love stories. Oryxand Crake is both those things. It is the tale of a post-apocalyptic world mutated by unscrupulous genetic engineering and a love triangle, I understand, is somehow involved. I’m excited to see how Margaret Atwood pulls it all together.

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon  

I saw this book on the New York Time’s Best of 2012 book list. It immediately attracted my eye. Far from the Tree is about parents with children that are far different from themselves, parents of prodigies, schizophrenics, and more.  I’ve come to the age where I am self-aware enough to be afraid of turning into my mother. I’m hoping this book will give some helpful. On a more serious note, within the premise I detect a question I think most college students have asked themselves or will ask themselves: are we fated to live like our parents?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

At first, I did not want to read this book. The main character has cancer in it. Cancer.  The plot device of plot devices to create drama, make a hero sympathetic and play on the audience’s emotions through their fear of death. Yet far too many people have recommended it to me for me to continue resisting the inevitable. Moreover, the author is on youtube, and he’s quite awesome. So I’ll give it a try. But I will look at the end of the book first to be prepared for any deaths.

Special Powers and Abilities by Raymond McDaniel and Thunderbird by Dorothea Lasky

I have a confession to make. I don’t like most poetry. I’m extraordinarily picky, and I’m not even one of those annoying people who don’t think it’s a poem if it doesn’t rhyme.  My issue with poetry is that it can often be esoteric and pointless, or formulaic and pointless. However, my increased involvement with Xylem and all the wonderful poems you guys have submitted has made me want to try harder to appreciate poetry.  The only poetry books I’ve managed to read on my own are Meditations in an Emergency and Ariel.  In my poetry appreciation development, I am the picky eater trying to expand my tastes to include things other than the old stalwarts of macroni and cheese and chocolate milk. So I’ve decided to read two books of poetry, to take some tiny bites towards expanding my diet.  Special Powers and Abilities by Raymond McDaniel, a faculty member here who I heard speak, is the first. It is a work of poems inspired by superheroes. It sounds just strange enough that I won’t get bored, but not so pretentious that I’ll rage-quit. The second, Thunderbird, by Dorothea Lasky just jumped out at me on the Boston Globes’s Best of list with these lines:

And the townspeople, they say to you/ That they may have seen/ A monster/ But no no I was only the dawn.”

On that note, I remember the “dawn” is coming: in other words exams.  I want to wish you all best of luck with your finals and also thank all of you who came to Xylem Live. It was truly a special night. All the people who shared their music, poetry and prose reminded me just how talented and creative this campus is and all the people who made up the audience reminded me how welcoming and warm this campus is too.  The performances and turnout were fantastic. And we gave away over a hundred Xylem magazines. So snatch one up if you see it because they are going fast.

–Julia Adams, Xylem Copy Manager

Xylem Live: The Release Party!

Xylem 2012-2013 is about to be hot off the press! We hope you’ll join us as we let the creativity phlo(em) next Friday March 29th, 2013.

We’ll be celebrating our latest publication with readings from the authors, art on display, live music and refreshments. This event is open to the public, and copies of the new Xylem issue will be available to all interested readers for free. 

We’re hosting our release party at the Work Gallery on State Street. Doors open at 7:00 pm, with readings and musical performances starting at 7:30 pm. Click here for more info on the gallery.

Can’t wait to see you there!