Two members of Ferris State University’s creative writing community will have their
works included in an art and literature anthology, scheduled for publishing this fall
by Indie Blu(e) Publishing.
Fine Arts Gallery Director Carrie Weis not only has a poem, “Orange,” selected for As The World Burns, Writers and Artists Reflect on a World Gone Mad, but her painting, “Uriel Retrieves His Gift of Wisdom” will be the cover art for this publication.
“This was my first time to have my writing accepted along with my artwork. So, it was a huge surprise to have this favor for both entries,” Weis said. “I have had three book covers accepted in the last two years. Deirdre Fagan introduced me to this type of opportunity. A whole new literary world has been revealed to me, and I am both thankful and excited by the opportunity.”
For this publication, the literary collective sought submissions of art and poetry that reflected the current political and social environment, given the COVID-19 pandemic and incidence of racial and social unrest in the U.S. Fagan, Ferris’ Creative Writing and Literature In Person Coordinator, said she was aware of Indie Blu(e) for years, having been included in one of its previous works.
“The same editors did an anthology following the Supreme Court hearings for Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which followed the rise of the #MeToo Movement,” Fagan said. “At that time, Carrie was in my class, working on a Creative Writing certificate, so I suggested she submit a work for consideration. We each offered poems and were accepted by the collective.”
The collection was published in 2018.
In As The World Burns, Fagan’s poems, “In the Days of Silent Streets” and “When I Am, play me recordings of those I loved, while I’m,” were selected for publication in the forthcoming soft-cover compilation.
“The unprecedented place we find ourselves in at this time, with a global pandemic and social unrest, has this group of editors ready to produce an anthology that intends to reflect the world around us,” Fagan said. “Both Carrie and I submitted, neither knowing that the other had taken this step. It is great to see that she had both her cover art and poem accepted.”
Weis said the book is in publication, with no specific release date offered. Fagan said the experience to work again with this publisher has been rewarding and invigorating.
“My acquaintance with Carrie has shown me how the visual and literary arts can merge, which has been beneficial to both of us,” Fagan said. “It is much more exciting to be collaborative than to gain acceptance and inclusion by a publication singularly.”