Editor’s Notes #187

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Hello, blog readers! I haven’t posted an editor’s notes round-up since before the holidays. But we have some new posts on the blog now, so it’s time to take a look at what our editors have been up to in recent weeks.

But first, please be aware that the Jet Fuel Review’s submission period for its Spring 2017 issue is now open. We are accepting submissions until March 15th, so check out our submission form if you have poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or art that you think we need to see. You might just end up in our next issue.

Now, let’s dive right in! Back before the new year, Michael Lane posted a review of the Oscar-nominated film “La La Land.” Dan Fiorio posted his pre-order alerts for new music coming out in January of 2017. Although it’s February now, you can still check out his post to see music that’s available now.

At the beginning of the year, Michael Lane posted a retrospective of his top 10 films from 2016. Also, the Jet Fuel Jukebox made its valiant return with a new playlist.

More recently, Michael Lane posted a review of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Sabrina Parr returned to her “Book Corner” blog posts with a review of The OutsidersHaley Renison returned to her “Poetic Playlist” by discussing the song “First” by the Cold War Kids.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Jet Fuel Review in the new year. Stay tuned for more exciting posts in the coming month! And don’t forget about our submission period.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #186

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Hello, blog readers! I hope you’ve been having a great month so far, and that you’re getting excited for the holidays. First things first — Issue #12 of the Jet Fuel Review is now available for you to peruse. As always, we’ve got some great poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art from amazing authors and artists. You can read the new issue on the Jet Fuel website, or you can download an eBook version of the issue. Check it out if you have some free time over the holidays!

Now let’s take a look at some recent posts here on the blog. Firstly, Michael and Jake have been hard at work on several Jet Fuel Jukebox posts. A few weeks back, a regular playlist was posted. More recently, they have created playlists of their top 20 worst songs of 2016, as well as their 50 best songs of 2016. Be sure to check out the highs and lows of music that came out this year.

If you’re looking for even more music posts, Jake and Michael also wrote about their top 10 albums of 2016. In addition, Dan Fiorio wrote about his top 25 albums of the year. You can read all about those in part one and part two of his post. Michael Lane also wrote a review of “Bleed for This.”

We’ve also had several special features posted to the blog in recent weeks. First, you can see some amazing photography and art in our Artists’ Portfolio posts. At the end of last month, we profiled Mervyn John, a photographer, and Alex Turner, a painter, who are both talented artists attending Lewis University. Be sure to check out these posts!

Finally, Michael Lane posted an interview with Chicago-based musician and artist Damon Locks. And we posted our last “Meet the Editors” post, and this one featured Keanu Taylor, the Assistant Communications Manager and Assistant Web Designer for the Jet Fuel Review. 

I hope you enjoy all of these posts, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Meet the Editors: Keanu Taylor

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Keanu Taylor

Hello, readers! This is our last new editor for the semester!

Keanu Taylor was born in Memphis, Tennesee before later moving to Kankakee, Illinois in 7th grade. Taylor studies English with a concentration in creative and professional writing at Lewis University, but she’s minoring in print and online journalism.

Taylor noticed her love for writing at a very young age, and she is eager to be in an environment that has a goal of making her a stronger writer. Taylor describes herself as a “walking contradiction” because she is not very vocal, yet she is very loud. She loves making people laugh with her sarcastic humor, and she keeps the joke going until she gets some sort of laughter. Taylor’s hobbies include cheerleading, Track & Field, horror film bingeing, and collecting stuffed monkeys. She plans to be the proud owner of an actual monkey in future.

Below is our Q&A with Keanu.

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Interview with Chicago-based Musician/Artist, Damon Locks

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Damon Locks
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There are few people I can think of that carry as much ambition as Chicago-based artist Damon Locks. Locks is a talented musician, visual artist, and teacher, who, over the past 30 years, has used these various avenues as a way to unleash his politically-driven, urban-influenced art upon the world.

One of Locks’ latest projects is a new album, Espiritu Zombi, from his band The Eternals, which released in August 2016. Other recent works from Locks include multiple projects with and alongside prolific artist/musician Rob Mazurek, the sound design work on a Chicago-based play, and an art project wherein Locks worked with 11 prisoners currently incarcerated in Stateville Correctional Center, located in Crest Hill, Illinois. The prisoners were asked to draw 100 frames of animation, later to be compiled into a fascinating short film called Freedom/Time.

Below is Locks’ bio, followed by our interview with him:

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Editor’s Notes #185

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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

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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