Our December online issue features advice on the holidays by Dawn Downey, an interview with poet Camille Dungy, and a view from within the Un dia sin Latinos march in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Paula Lovo.
A commonplace observation of the holiday season is that it is a time when people come together. Of course, in order for people to come together, some of them must leave somewhere else. Such is the case with Tyrell Collins who has served as Punctuate’s assistant managing editor for the last two and a half years. He has earned his MFA in Fiction Writing here at Columbia College Chicago and will be returning to New Orleans.
Originally from Stone Mountain, Georgia, Tyrell attended Dillard University, a historically black institution that boasts Coretta Scott King and Garrett Morris among its alumni. Among Tyrell’s literary accomplishments are a poem that he wrote and sent to the White House in recognition of the inauguration of President Obama. In return, the President sent Tyrell a letter thanking Tyrell for the poem. We, too, are grateful for his contributions. Tyrell was with the magazine since we began operations, and therefore he will be particularly missed.
Benjamin Williams, a graduate student in Poetry, in the English-Creative Writing Department, will be taking over for Tyrell as assistant managing editor for Punctuate as we move into our third year of publication.
Ian Morris, Managing Editor