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The MFA Program Launches the Manhattanville Review

Screenshot of The Manhattanville Review WebsiteThe Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program at Manhattanville recently celebrated the launch of its new online literary journal, The Manhattanville Review. The new journal replaces INKWELL, the traditional print literary magazine produced by the writing program in past years.

"With The Manhattanville Review, we wanted to build on the tradition of INKWELL while bringing the journal to a wider audience," said Camille Rankine, assistant director of the MFA program. "With an online journal, it's much easier for those interested in literature and art to discover the work we're putting out, and for readers to share content they like with others. Also the new name, The Manhattanville Review, connects the journal back to Manhattanville's creative writing program, and our newly minted MFA, so The Manhattanville Review can act as a sort of creative ambassador for the program, letting people know who we are and what we're about."

Following in the footsteps of its predecessor INKWELL, The Manhattanville Review will aim to publish a diverse array of voices and visions, new and established, in literature and art.

"But now that we've moved online, we can take that mission even further, publishing multimedia and experimental forms that couldn't exist in print," Rankine added.

The MFA team, including Rankine, Mark Nowak, director of the MFA in Creative Writing program, and other faculty members and students, hopes that the online medium of the journal will bring about various added benefits, such as a much quicker turn-around and more frequent publications, without the hassle of going through a printing schedule.

"Eschewing the print process also frees up time for our student editors to do more creative, curatorial work with the journal, which we hope will provide them with valuable editorial experience, and edify them as artists," Rankine said.

The launch in New York City at Gallery MC, which celebrated the journal's new beginning, featured readings by poets Filip Marinovich and Lynn Melnick, an interactive projection by Nalini Abhiraman, and a performance by Rankine's band Miru Mir.

"It was a beautiful evening full of warmth and levity - I felt it really captured the spirit of community that I've come to love about Manhattanville's MFA program," Rankine said. "And that's how I like to think about The Manhattanville Review -- as a sort of creative community, bringing together creative minds from different backgrounds, traditions and aesthetics. So we're off to a great start!"