My dear friend/parter/creatively like-minded soul, William Strang-Moya ("BL"), is an Electronic Media and Film major here at Towson. We wanted to collaborate on a Grub Street promo video. He did most of the work, and I provided the archived journals and wrote the submission deadline in the notebook.
We sat around the coffee table in his apartment, and I picked out pages of art and prose for him to shoot. I loved being able to look into past issues of Grub Street I had never seen before; the oldest issue I found in the Grub office is from 1993, and it is incredibly spooky. This reminded me of how there was a period of time this year when our team would debate practically every class whether or not we wanted the next issue to have a theme.
At first I thought maybe the Towson students of the 1990s were all deeply troubled - like, maybe there was something in the water in '93 that brought everyone's inner demons to the surface. I mentioned this in class, and Professor Downs reminded me that a good number of the submissions we have received so far for the 2016 issue have been pretty dark and introspective. I probably replied with something like, "Artists, man."
Anyway, making the video was fun, and I am really happy with the way it turned out. BL wanted to portray the chaotic excitement of literature and art, and that was definitely accomplished. The short video is a punch in the face - in a good way. Thanks, BL, for making it happen!
Grub Street Team Member
The image above is "Flight" by Gillian Collins.