Cellar Roots 41 – read it for FREE online!

Cellar Roots 41, the 2012 edition of EMU’s own arts and literature annual anthology, was released last month.  The print form was limited to a 500-copy run, but the new edition is also available in digital form online at the new CR site (www.cellarroots.com) where you can download it for free!  Congratulations to everyone who has work in the new edition.

Also, Cellar Roots is looking for a new editor-in-chief for v.42.  Application deadline is June 13 at noon.  Contact Kevin Devine at 734-487-1026 or kevin.devine@emich.edu for more information.

Deadlines approaching for Cellar Roots ’11 and Dzanc Books Short Story Contest

Just a reminder to not forget about the upcoming deadlines for these submission opportunities:

Cellar Roots

The deadline for Cellar Roots (2011 edition), the EMU student-produced literature and arts annual, is December 27, 2010.  Get full submission details here.

Dzanc Books

The deadline for the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest is December 31, 2010.  The winning author will have her/his collection published in the fall of 2013 as well as receive a $1,000 advance.  Entry fee is $20.  Get the full details here.

Cellar Roots Reading/Writing workshop, Dec. 8, 8:00 p.m.

Cellar Roots

Cellar Roots, EMU’s own literary/arts journal, has a special workshop coming up this Wednesday, December 8th, 8:00-9:30 p.m. in room 301 of the Student Center. Students can bring work to share with the group, and there will be some creative writing games as well.  Bring a friend!

Send questions to:

And remember, Cellar Roots is accepting submissions for its 2011 edition.  Click here to find out more.

New Releases: Cellar Roots v.39 and 52/48

Two new EMU-based publications made their debut on Apirl 14: the 2010 edition of Cellar Roots (v.39), EMU’s student-produced annual literary/arts journal, and 52/48, an anthology of writing from EMU’s Creative Writing department.  Get copies for yourself and your friends now, and enjoy the creative work of fellow EMU students (and a few others) in the realms of short fiction, poetry, visual art, and more.

To find out how to get copies of Cellar Roots, call (734) 487-6940 or e-mail cellarroots.editorinchief@gmail.com .

For copies of 52/48, contact Bill Barr at wbarr@emich.edu.

Reminders: Performance Poetry, Cellar Roots


TODAY: Monday, Dec. 14, 6:00 pm, Student Center Auditorium – See the CRTW 335 Performance Poetry class present some of their work from this past semester.  This is a free public reading!

 DEC. 24: This is the deadline for submissions to Cellar Roots, an EMU student-produced annual literary journal.  Get full submission details at: www.emich.edu/cellarroots.

Cellar Roots Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

Cellar Roots Application for Editor in Chief, 2009-2010

DEADLINE for APPLICATIONS: 1 p.m. on MONDAY, April 27, 2009

Cellar Roots mission, adopted by the EMU Board of Regents, 1993:
“To provide a comprehensive magazine of the literary and visual arts or juried expression of the literary and visual arts of the students at Eastern Michigan University.”

The role of Editor in Chief (EIC) is to provide the leadership necessary to publish a print edition of Cellar Roots during the 2009-2010 academic year.

The EIC is responsible for recruiting, training, managing and evaluating a student staff; developing and implementing the processes necessary to solicit contributions, empanel a jury of experts in writing and art to review submissions and oversee the copy-editing, design, production, delivery and distribution of the book, all within the established budget.  The EIC must be able to work cooperatively with the director of Student Media to ensure the financial health of the publication.  The EIC serves as an ambassador and advocate for Cellar Roots and facilitates opportunities for students to gain publishing and art gallery exhibition experience.

The EIC reports to the Student Media Board of Directors but works on a day-to-day basis with the director of Student Media who acts on behalf of the Board overseeing fiscal matters, policies and procedures, performance, compliance/legal matters, strategic planning and outcomes and evaluation measures.  The EIC currently receives $1,200/year, with half payable at the end of the first semester and the remainder payable upon completion of the book.

Editor in Chief qualifications:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at EMU as a graduate or undergraduate student, must remain enrolled throughout their tenure as EIC and must be registered for classes with at least four credit hours for graduate students or six credit hours for undergrads
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong project management skills and solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with the university
  •  Applicants should have coursework and/or experience in writing, editing or visual arts and demonstrate an interest in and appreciation for the arts

Preferred qualifications include (i.e., “Candidate should….”):

  • Understand the basic functions and job expectations of each staff position
  • Have a professional demeanor
  • Have a proven record of leadership
  • Have an understanding of media law

Duties include:

  • Recruit, hire, train and evaluate a team of editors, designers and other staff as needed.
  • Develop budget and monitor spending.
  • Develop print bid specifications and empanel and supervise jurors for selection process.
  • Serve as the public face of Cellar Roots, representing the publication at university and community functions and events.
  • Act as the final arbiter on content matters among staff members.
  • Ensure the book gets printed in a timely fashion.
  • Oversee related activities such as art gallery exhibits, poetry readings, concerts, etc.
  • Other tasks as the need arises.

To apply for the EIC position, please submit:

  • A signed and dated cover sheet with the following information:
      – Name and Student ID Number
      – Local address, phone number, email
      – Major/minor and expected date of graduation
      – GPA is optional
  • A cover letter of no more than 800 words addressed to the Student Media Board of Directors outlining applicant’s experience, assessment of Cellar Roots and vision for the coming year
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, employer or colleague
  • Samples of work and achievements, i.e., clips, awards, pages designed, etc.  (Please submit all clips, etc. on 8.5 x 11 size paper to facilitate the making of copies of each application.  If you’re submitting page design samples, please make a PDF of the page and print it out on 8.5 x 11 paper – you can bring the actual page with you to the interview to show.)  If you plan to submit an entire book as a sample of your work, please provide 12 copies.

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be interviewed by the Student Media Board of Directors on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at noon in 205 Welch Hall.

If you have questions on the application process or would like to see a sample of a previous application, please contact Kevin Devine at 734-487-1026 or kevin.devine@emich.edu.

Please submit all materials to:
Kevin S. Devine
Director of Student Media
230 King Hall
Ypsilanti, MI  48197

Cellar Roots Events This Week!

Cellar RootsCellar Roots is putting on three great interactive events this week in order to promote the journal and celebrate the arts on campus in general. Individuals interested in being readers for Thursday and Friday night events (see below) can sign up by e-mailing Jamie at:

Wednesday, November 19th: EcoArts Night: EcoArts gets back to its roots!
Make writing utensil holders, notebooks, or candy jars from recycled material.  Materials to be provided.  Light refreshments will be served. This event will be held in the Student Center, Room 320, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 20th: Open Mic Night at Bombadill’s Café In Ypsilanti!
Stop in for a night of poetry, music, and coffee at Bombadill’s located at 217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m., and coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Friday, November 21st: Cellar Roots and Dogzplot present: Flash Fiction Slam!
Don’t miss out on a flash fiction slam in Room 330 of the Student Center at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  Scheduled readers will begin at 7:00, and afterward the floor will be open for anyone who wants to read!

And just a reminder: the submission deadline for the next Cellar Roots issue is Monday, December 1st, 2008! Submit at www.emich.edu/cellarroots.