Editors Samantha Liming and Briley Jones relaunch MFA journal
After nearly a year spent rebranding, the first issue of Cola Literary Review just dropped! The journal is edited by MFA students Samantha Liming and Briley Jones. This issue features fiction by Grey Wolfe LaJoie and poetry by Cindy King, JSA Lowe, and Bernardo Wade.
Cola Literary Review is the annual journal of the University of South Carolina’s MFA program. Previously published under Yemassee, the review has been renamed “Cola”—an affectionate abbreviation for the city of Columbia—to clarify its connection with its home city and the University.
Cola is run by current graduate students in both the fiction and poetry programs, but graduate students from the MA and PhD programs work on the journal as well, helping to curate the strongest, most original, and most exciting poems and stories for each issue. An un-themed publication, the journal largely consists of unsolicited work; submissions come in from all over the world. Editors occasionally solicit writers at various stages of their careers, forging new relationships in the industry. Published as a print annual, Cola also maintains an online presence, publishing new work throughout the academic year.
Check out Cola’s new website and consider purchasing a copy of Vol. 1! Keep an ear out for the next issue as well: it’s slated to come out in the spring.