by Morgan "Dark Horse" Middleton, Co-Director of marketing and Creative Nonfiction team member
When I first signed up for Grub Street for second semester, I didn't know what to expect. Would I fit in? Would I be good at selecting pieces from the slush pile? How would the process work? I had never been so intimidated by, and interested in, a single class. But I soon learned: Grub Street was more of a family than a class.
Taking it was a privilege. The privilege of reading amazing authors from all over the world, the privilege of hand picking each piece for the journal, and the privilege of meeting the staff of the journal.
As a writer, I’ve always struggled to fit into my group of friends. Nobody understood what I meant when I said things like “tone,” “structure,” or “CNF.” I could relate to my group, but they couldn’t relate to me—and I began to feel alone. Shortly after I joined Grub Street, I met my genre group for class. (To those of you who aren’t aware how the class works, our genre groups are how we divide and conquer our submissions in an organized fashion.) I chose to be on the Creative Nonfiction team, and it was the best decision I’ve made. My group was comprised of five talented individuals who I admire for how blissfully themselves they truly are.
I first joined Grub Street as only an English minor. I was scared of being an English major, because I was scared I wouldn’t be as good as everyone else in my classes, that I wouldn’t find a job after graduating, and that I was only average. My team taught me a new way to look at being a writer, and that we’re all in this struggle together; they helped me find my voice and my passion.
We all appreciate what writing is, and what writing can do for ourselves and for others. The pieces we’ve selected for this journal share personal struggles and achievements. The authors published in this volume have carefully reflected on themselves and their decisions. Writing sometimes is cathartic not only to its creator, but to readers who may be struggling with the same things, and are just too afraid to speak up. We all have a story to tell, and they all are vastly different. Being involved in this journal while also being a writer, I learned the importance of acceptance, and of taking a step back to reflect more deeply about others' experiences.
The team work, collaboration, dedication, and passion for this journal fuel the staff to create something amazing each year; I am so honored to hold this journal up and say, “I was a part of this.”
Grub Street is Towson University's award-winning literary journal, run by undergraduates enrolled in "Editing the Literary Magazine."