Editor’s Notes #185

Hello, blog readers! I hope your November has been a pleasant one. Before we look back on some recent posts here on the blog, I want to remind you all that the Jet Fuel Review‘s 12th issue will be released on December 1st. This latest issue will be celebrated at an event at Lewis University, the institution that supports this journal. If you are a student, please consider coming to the launch event!

In recent weeks, there have been several Jet Fuel Jukebox posts. If you’re looking for some new tunes, be sure to check out these posts.

We’ve had several great review posts go up on the blog. These include Michael Lane’s review of “Arrival,” Bree Scott’s review of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” and Sam Gennett’s review of “Searching for Sugar Man.” In addition, Haley Renison analyzed “Thank God for Girls.”

Here on the blog, we featured several perspectives on the film “City of God.” First, two Lewis University students — Reno Stramaglia, a senior biology major, and Donatas Ruzys, a senior working towards a Bachelors of Science in Biology — reviewed the film. Then, managing editor Sam Gennett reviewed the film as well.

If you missed any of these posts, I encourage you to look back at them now. And be sure to check out the Jet Fuel Review‘s 12th issue this Thursday, December 1st.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #184

Welcome, blog readers, to another Editor’s Notes post. We’ve had an eventful couple of weeks, so let’s jump right in to our recent posts.

In the middle of October, Michael Lane reviewed Netflix’s Luke Cage series. We’ve had two editions of the Jet Fuel Jukebox — a typical one and a Halloween-themed one. Blogger Dan Fiorio reviewed Bon Iver’s new album, 22, A Million. Michael Lane also reviewed a spooky film called “Trick ‘R Treat” and a video game called “Titanfall 2.”

In her recent posts, Bree Scott analyzed the Waxahatchee song “Brother Bryan,” as well as the poem The Fury of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton.

We’ve also posted several new installments in the “Meet the Editors” series. We encourage you to visit these posts and learn more about Ashley Stajura, Assistant Layout Editor and Art & Design Editor; Andrea Holm, Fiction Editor and Copy Editor; and Bree Scott, Assistant Blog Editor.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed our recent posts, and that you’re having a wonderful November so far. If anyone is participating in National Novel Writing Month — as I am — then I wish you luck!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


Editor’s Notes #183

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Good evening, blog readers! It’s been a few weeks since the last round-up, so we have lots of new posts here on the blog. Our fall reading period has recently closed, and the newest issue of the Jet Fuel Review will be released on December 1st! If you’ve submitted your work, please be patient and you’ll hear back from our editors soon.

In recent weeks, there have been several Jet Fuel Jukebox posts. You can listen to a Carly Rae Jepsen edition, a jukebox from last week, and the most recent jukebox.

In the return of Dan Fiorio’s “Basement Dwelling” series, he reviewed “Atrocity Exhibition” by Danny Brown. In her most recent “Poetic Playlist” posts, Haley Renison discussed Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and My Chemical Romance’s “Cancer.”

Michael Lane recently reviewed the video game “Bioshock.” Bree Scott, our Assistant Blog Editor, began a new series called “Bree’s Melancholic Tales.” In her first post, Bree analyzed a song called “Lifeforms” by Daughter. She also interpreted “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath and reviewed the film “Midnight Special.”

We have featured some more selections from chapbooks written by Jet Fuel Review editors and volunteers. You can read selections from Jess Jordan’s “Senioritis,” Rachel Steele’s “Plain-Hearted,” and Samantha Gennett’s “Pomegranate.” Be sure to check out these stellar selections of writing.

Of course, we’ve also had some further “Meet the Editors” posts on the blog. Check out these posts to learn about Assistant Poetry and Assistant Marketing and Development Editor Amanda Gieseler and Assistant Managing Editor Zakiya Cowan.

Stay tuned for more blog posts!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #182

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Good afternoon, blog readers! As the summer dragged on, I’m afraid the “weekly” Editor’s Notes updates got away from me a bit. Now that the fall is nearly upon us, and the new school year has begun at Lewis University, we have more posts for you to read and be excited about on the blog. Before I get to those, though, I want to highlight a few posts that went up over the summer.

In the last few weeks of summer, Michael Lane posted some truly superb reviews. Beginning all the way back in July, Michael reviewed Lights Out, Suicide Squad (want to know if he liked it?), and the Netflix smash-hit Stranger Things. More recently, he has also reviewed a video game called Inside and the recent film Don’t Breathe.

Now, onto our September posts!

Returning in his “Basement Dwelling” series, music blogger Dan Fiorio reviewed My Woman, the new album from Angel Olson. We also had a new installment of the Jet Fuel Jukebox, this one focusing on the defining tunes of the summer. In addition, Hayley Renison continued her “Poetic Playlist” by analyzing the song “Morning in America” by Jon Bellion.

If you’re ready to leave summer behind and look ahead to the new season, there’s a new Jet Fuel Jukebox ready and waiting for you to discover. Michael Lane has recently reviewed one of his favorite films, Mean Creek, and a movie that wasn’t so much his favorite, Blair Witch. And Bree Scott, a new Assistant Blog Editor, reviewed Grave of Fireflies.

In recent weeks, we have featured some selections from the chapbooks of several Jet Fuel Review editors. You can read some amazing work from Sabrina Parr’s Letters to the Girl Forged from Glass and Gold and Sarah Ford’s Perversions & Saplings. This is some truly wonderful writing from a few of our own, so be sure to check it out!

Last week saw the return of our “Meet the Editors” series. Be sure to check out the latest posts to learn about Olivia Radakovich, a copyeditor and fiction editor for the Jet Fuel Review, and Ashley McCann, a former Jet Fuel volunteer.

As a final note, I want to remind everyone that the current Jet Fuel Review reading period is open and will remain open until October 15. If you’re interested in submitting your work, there’s no time to lose!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #181

Hi there, blog readers! I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful summer so far. Everyone here at the Jet Fuel Review blog has been enjoying some time off. However, even though we’re on a summer schedule, there have still been plenty of posts here recently! Let’s take a look back at those recent posts.

As always, we’ve been featuring plenty of poetry here on the blog. Recently featured poems include The World Turned by Jay Rogoff, Happiness by Andrea Cohen, Scrapbook by Kim Addonizio, Most Mornings by Sawnie Morris, and Semblance: Screens by Liz Waldner.

Several weeks ago, a new episode of the Infinite Canvas podcast went up. And there have been several new installments of the Jet Fuel Jukebox. If you’re looking for some summer tunes, you’ve come to the right place!

In addition to their Jukebox posts, Michael and Jake have been summing up the year so far in terms of music. They wrote about their top 30 songs of 2016 so far as well as their top 5 albums of the year so far. Be sure to check out both of these posts!

A little while ago, Haley Renison’s final “Poetic Playlist” of the semester went up on the blog. She discussed “Girls Like You” by The Naked and Famous.

Finally, Michael Lane has written several superb film reviews for the blog. He has reviewed Green RoomThe Conjuring 2, and Dawn of the Dead.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our content over the past few weeks. We’ll have more to come as the summer continues!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan


Editor’s Notes #180

Before I begin, I want to remind everyone that Issue #11 of the Jet Fuel Review is now available for your reading pleasure. Be sure to check out the fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that we featured in this latest installment of the Review. You can even download an eBook version of the issue to read on the beach!

The month of May is always a time of transition here at the Jet Fuel Review. Of course, it means the end of the school year, so many of our editors and bloggers leave campus and take a break from the blog. As we transition into the warmer months of the year (at long last), let’s take a look back at some recent blog posts.

If you’re feeling a bit shaky about your writing abilities, as I have been lately, check out my advice posts on conquering self-doubt and when to stop writing. And if you’re taking a break from writing, you may want to read some poetry. We’ve featured several poems here on the blog, including Death Gets into the Suburbs by Michelle Boisseau, Thick Description by Eleanor Chai, The Doubles by Kara van de Graaf, and The Interrogation by Amit Majmudar.

We have various options available if you’re looking for listening material rather than reading material. First, you can check out the Jet Fuel Jukebox compilations for May 3, May 10, May 17, and May 24. There’s plenty of new music there to check out. There have also been new episodes of the “Infinite Canvas” podcast, including one that announced a new era of the podcast.

Of course, we’ve also had lots of great review posts on the blog. Jake Johnson offered his opinions on Beyoncé’s sixth album, LemonadeDan Fiorio reviewed Radiohead’s latest release, A Moon Shaped Pool. Michael Lane has so far reviewed two movies from director Jeremy Saulnier — Murder Party and Blue Ruin. In her continued analysis of songs as poetry, Haley Renison has written posts about “I Need My Girl” (The National), “Soma” (The Strokes), and “Modern Jesus” (Portugal. The Man).

Finally, a student feature that offered three perspectives on the film Snowpiercer. Lewis University students Sarah George, Endi Kajtezovic, and Phil Siddu each offered their thoughts on the intriguing film.

As always, stay tuned for more blog posts!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #179

Hello, blog readers! I hope your week has been a good one. First things first — a new issue of the Jet Fuel Review is out and available for you to read! If you want to see the amazing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art included in issue #11, simply visit the Jet Fuel Review website. The new issue includes a special collection of bouts-rimé poetry, (which you can read more about here) and it’s also available in eBook format for easy reading. Be sure to check it out!

Now, to recap some of our more recent posts. In terms of writing advice, there is only one new post to recap. This past week, I wrote about finding inspiration in the work of others and using that to create your own work. Some poems recently featured here on the blog include Unsurpassed by Autumn McClintock and Little Design by Jamaal May.

For your listening pleasure, we have several new playlists through the Jet Fuel Jukebox. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the Throwback Thursday: Dance Edition playlist for all your old favorites. You can also find more music in this past week’s playlist. But if you’re looking for a podcast instead, be sure to check out the two most recent episodes of Infinite Canvas here and here.

Our most recent “Alum in the Spotlight” post featured Kendra Hadnott, a graduate of Lewis University who is now an author, freelance writer, educator, and blogger. Be sure to check out that post for more about Kendra.

In the past few weeks, Haley Renison has written two more posts for her “Poetic Playlist” series. In one, she analyzed “Buzzcut Season” by Lorde, and in the other she discussed “Migraine” by Twenty One Pilots. In addition, Michael Lane posted a review of the film Hush.

Finally, we’ve had some different types of posts here on the blog recently. First, we posted a Student Feature last week, which consisted of a film review for The Revenant from Lewis University student Phil Siddu. Secondly, we posted a Faculty Feature, which was a short story entitled “Four Points and a Necklace,” written by Lewis University adjunct professor Sharon Houk.

That’s all for now, folks! I hope you enjoy the coming week.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan