Watermark Staff Unveil 50th Anniversary Issue of Literary Journal

Colleen Locke | April 27, 2015
Production Manager Caleb Nelson and Editor Jacob Augiar share a laugh with Poet Laureate Duncan Nelson.

Production Manager Caleb Nelson and Editor Jacob Augiar share a laugh with Poet Laureate Duncan Nelson.
Image by: Colleen Locke

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Art Entries Go Back to 1969

The staff of UMass Boston’s student literary journal, The Watermark, handed out free copies of a volume 46 years in the making on Thursday.

The Watermark: A Chronicle of UMass Boston Student Art and Literature 1969 - 2014, Volume 23 was designed to coincide with the university’s 50th anniversary. It’s a collection of UMass Boston student-produced fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art dating back to 1969, when the first surviving student literary journal, Essays I, was published.

Editor Jacob Aguiar says that the staff started working with University Archives and Special Collections this summer to digitize the archived volumes of Essays I and its successors: C.R.U.M.B., Loam, Wavelength, Howth Castle, and The Watermark. A team of readers then helped narrow down the entries, which include an article on the university’s Pub Club, a photo of the “Term Paper Mafia,” and a map titled “Fear and Loathing In The Labyrinth.”

Aguiar’s favorite is on page 83, “Trouble on the T,” because it fits his criteria of representing something emblematic of the time it was written and still resonates today.

“Stories of outrage and frustration abound and where to direct that outrage is not always clear,” Monica Hileman wrote about the MBTA’s unreliable service in a 1979 issue of The Wavelength. “Is it the operators, the company that built the equipment, those who are supposed to maintain it or the high-level management at fault?”

Meanwhile, art from the 2000 Watermark features a television, complete with antennas, replacing the head of man in a shirt and tie.  

At Thursday’s release party in the Harbor Gallery, UMass Boston Poet Laureate Duncan Nelson read the dedication he wrote for the new issue. He’s also pictured on page 7 of the book, delivering an ode in 1978 while standing, just as he did on Thursday, on a bench.

For those unable to pick up their free copy of The Watermark on Thursday, copies will be available in the Harbor Gallery, on the upper level of the Campus Center, and on the third floor of the Campus Center, in Student Activities. It will also be digitized and put online on the university’s ScholarWorks page with the other student journals.

Students looking at The Watermark

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit www.umb.edu.

Tags: art , fiction , poetry , the watermark

Comment on this story

Comments (0)