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Fiction: The Fist

2018 Fiction, 2018 Issue, Uncategorized

By: Lukas Hughes

One morning, about ten o’clock, an immense fist appeared in the sky above the city. Many proclaimed it was god, while others just stared in awe. For several years, the fist stayed stagnant, and after several failed attempts to contact it, it was eventually ignored. On the fifth year, however, the fist moved. Not only moved, but it destroyed. It came crashing down, wiping out buildings, homes, and whatever stood in its path. Killing by the thousands and showing mercy to none. In one short hour, the fist had turned the city into rubble. Ten years after the incident, the fist still hangs in the sky,  reminding those of what it is capable of. Only it has not moved since that dark hour. Society has lived in constant fear. But one day, they’ll forget about what the fist did and what it can do. On that day, the fist will move again.

Poetry: the force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall toward the center of the Earth

2018 Issue, 2018 Poetry, Uncategorized

By: Kayla Tuttle

Gravity

 

pushes my face

down

to concrete

down,

skin forced

through cracks.

 

I sink

into Earth’s crust,

strands of hair

catch

on

granite.

 

My hands desperately

grasp edges,

 

fingertips cut

into ribbons,

arms of shredded

paper.

 

But my body is pushed farther.

 

Heat increases,

blood,

a witch’s brew.

 

(I wish I was oxygen.

 

To swim

with birds,

latch onto hydrogens,

plunge down

to cover grass,

be absorbed

by an apple tree

that watches over

my grandmother

of mutated cells

as she lies

in a box.)

 

I’m

still

sinking.

 

Still sinking

to the mantle,

I can hear magma popping.

 

Perhaps

the popping is my ear

drums,

as they crunch into crispy pieces.

 

I have always thought silence was beautiful.

 

The balls of my

feet meet the mantle first.

 

Red-hot,

toenails curl

like newspaper.

 

Pain,

 

silent scream

vibrates

my body,

 

collects in my

chest.

 

Heart beats

so-fast-it-might-explode,

instead it collapses.

 

Implodes,

breaks into

shards.

 

My heart’s been cremated,

incinerated flakes.

I am

flimsy muscles, tendons, tissue,

 

bone

that descend.

 

The magma devours them.

I am nothing now.

 

Nothing

that permeates

the outer core.

 

Surrounds,

melts Nothing,

everything.

 

A giant magnet

pulls my atoms

all directions.

 

The remaining

fragments slam

against the solid inner core.

 

Slowly seeping

into edges to

become

foundation.

 

Iron,

my core.

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Welcome to ZPlatt, the heart of SUNY Plattsburgh’s art community, where we celebrate student creativity in all imaginable forms. Whether you dream of seeing your book on a shelf someday or hearing the song you wrote played on the radio, ZPlatt is the perfect opportunity for taking that first leap into publishing. Want to see your name in print? Want to share your work with the world? You’ve come to the right place. Preparation for our 2017 issue is in full swing, and guess what? We want you! Creative nonfiction, fiction, drama, poetry, humor, photography, music–you name it, we want it.

Submission guidelines:

  • Only Original, Previously Unpublished Work
  • 5,000 word limit per piece
  • Text files: Word format, 12 pt. font
  • Multimedia: MP3, MP4, JPG file format
  • JPG, 300 DPI, CMYK
  • 5 entries per category per student

Where to submit: send your submission via email to ZPlatt2017@gmail.com


Support ZPlatt, support the arts, support your dreams and submit!

We can’t wait to see what you do!

Meet the 2017 Non-Fiction Department!

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Ali Murray and Ariana Spatola

Ali Murray

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What’s your major?

English Writing and English Literature major.

What are some of your hobbies?

I collect crystals and stones, and I am actually a Certified Crystal Healer. Right now, this is something I do on the side as a hobby.

What are your plans for after college?

I may get my Master’s at some point, but after college I plan on taking a break from higher education and focusing on my Reiki/Crystal Healing business and my blog.

What is your favorite word?

Comical! I love to use this word as much as I can – it’s a way of saying “funny” but somehow sounds more sophisticated.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

My major bucket list item is to publish a book.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

This is a little general, but my favorite college experience is simply having had the opportunity to talk to and learn from such intelligent, successful writers and scholars.

Meet the 2017 Fiction Department!

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Sean Kessler, Gemma Tendrich, and Jordan Langley

 

Sean Kessler

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What’s your major?

I am a Senior English Writing Arts major, though I’ve dabbled in everything from Film to Canadian Studies via electives.

What are some of your hobbies?

Video games and associated media take up the bulk of my time, though I’ve also been known to spend far too much time on videos about time and space as well as writing lengthy, convoluted character backstories for D&D Campaigns. The study of writing in these mediums (e.g. tabletop, video games, etc.) occupies most of my thought.

What are your plans for after college?

Ideally, I’d like to work for nonprofit organizations concerning LGBTQ* rights, as I have a vested interest in maintaining and furthering the well-being of myself and those I care about. Realistically though, I may need to start in a less noble occupation.

What is your favorite word?

Currently it’s a tie between “osmosis” and “thaumaturgy.” Both make fun sounds and have little to no use in my life nor most people’s.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I’d love to travel to Vancouver at some point just for the hell of it. I like mountains, cities, water and Canadians so it seems like a neat place. Vancouver isn’t the only place to find those things of course, but a trip up the West Coast through Oregon and Washington would make my fragile hipster heart sing.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

It’s difficult to rate them against each other, but one of my favorites has to be my first trip to Burlington. Delicious food, amazing street performers, and an open marketplace that runs down all of Church St. make for a great destination of a day trip.

 

 

Gemma Tendrich

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What’s your major?

I am an English Writing Arts and Literature but I might be adding a minor soon.

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies include playing video and card games, baking, playing dungeons and dragons, planning to do more writing than I actually end up doing, and making lists.

What are your plans for after college?

I don’t have any plans set in stone for after college. I would like to get a novel published and maybe also work with or help a non-profit organization that focuses on the arts or LGBT rights.

What is your favorite word?

I really like the word “penultimate” even though it is a word that is hard to use without sounding pretentious. I also like words with short harsh sounds like “irk” or “grunge”.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I’d really love the chance to take a road trip across the country. I am fascinated with how drastically different the look and feel of different parts of America can be and I’d love to see it first hand.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

Definitely the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made. It sounds cheese but they have really helped to shape who I am today.

 

 

Jordan Langley

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What’s your major?

English Writing Arts

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies include writing poetry, photography, and listening to music.

What are your plans for after college?

My plans for after college are honestly not set in stone. A possibility would have something to do with being a freelance travel writer and maybe even have get a travel blog started.

What is your favorite word?

My favorite word is insatiable. It describes in the sense that I’m usually never satisfied with my first efforts in anything. I also just think it just rolls off the tongue smoothly.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Being a lover of both movies and traveling, two bucket list items of mine would be to take an acting role and travel all over the world.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

My favorite college experiences are all centered around the adventures I’ve been able to have in nature, such as hiking and night swimming. New York City is limited in offering these experiences so I have really valued them.

 

 

Meet the 2017 Drama Department!

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Casey Koziatek and Jordan Langley

 

Casey Koziatek

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What’s your major?

English Writing Arts.

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy writing, acting, and watching movies. I love being outdoors: hiking, running, and fishing.

What are your plans for after college?

I plan to take a year to work as a publisher/ editor. I want to eventually get my masters degree in play/ screenwriting.

What is your favorite word?

Incompetent – It’s a fun word to say and I think it describes certain people very accurately.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

One of my major bucket list items is to have a piece of my writing professionally published.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

I have two; my first was studying abroad in Paris in March 2016, it was the most fulfilling experience I’ve had while traveling. My second was playing Rocky in the Rocky Horror Show with the College Theatre Association last October. It was physically and emotionally challenging and I met some of the most incredible people during my time at SUNY Plattsburgh.

 

 

Meet the ZPlatt 2017 Art Department!

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Chelsea Sereno, Samantha Spellman, Tessa Oldroyd, and Kayla Tuttle

Chelsea Sereno

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What’s your major?

I am pursuing a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a Graphic Design Emphasis.

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies include; drawing, cooking, video games, and playing with my two cats

What are your plans for after college?

My plan after college is to find a Graphic Design job right from the get-go. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. I’m looking everywhere and I am prepared to travel to get one. There’s something about moving and starting over in a new place that is always electrifying. This is not foreign to me having lived in three different states now.

What is your favorite word?

My favorite word is serendipity. It’s fun to say and who doesn’t love a bit of unexpected good luck.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

One of my bucket list items is to travel out of the country.  If I could take a year of my life to dedicate to traveling the world, I could die happy.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

My favorite college experience is transferring to and from different colleges. I have been to four in total. I loved every single one! I have gained many friends and experiences along the way and I am grateful for that.

Samantha Spellman

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What’s your major?

I am a marketing major with a minor in graphic design.

What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy bettering my graphic design skills and learning about new styles and artists, I also like drawing with ink, cooking and traveling.

What are your plans for after college?

After college I plan to teach or volunteer abroad, possibly attend graduate school and eventually have a career in marketing.

What is your favorite word?

I don’t really have a favorite word, but one that I relate to me is wanderlust: an extreme desire to travel.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

My biggest bucket list item is to visit all seven continents. This has been dream of mine since I learned that my dad has been to six out of the seven, he has yet to make it to Antarctica. So far, I have been to North America, Europe and Australia.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

Studying abroad at Bond University in Australia has been one of the biggest achievements of my life.

 

Tessa Oldroyd

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What’s your major?

English Literature

What are some of your hobbies?

Reading, drawing, painting, hiking, and knitting.

What are your plans for after college?

After I graduate I would like to get my masters in illustrations to illustrate books.

What is your favorite word?

My favorite word is whimsical, because I consider my artwork to be a little whimsical as well.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

My major bucket list item is to go skydiving!

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

I would say my favorite college experience is discussing fun topics in class that i’m passionate about, especially when my fellow classmates are also passionate about it.

Kayla Tuttle

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What’s your major?

English Writing Arts and Art Studio

What are some of your hobbies?

Cuddling with my cat 🙂

What are your plans for after college?

Once I get my Masters degree, I’d like to work at an editing company, hopefully use both my writing and photography skills.

What is your favorite word?

There are a lot of words that I enjoy; the words of the day on dictionary.com are great.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Most of them are the normal ones, like travel or become a successful artist. One that may be more interesting would be to see a kangaroo in person. I used to love kangaroos and everything Australian. Now I realize how dangerous they can be, but it would probably still be really nice to see one in their natural habitat.

What has been one of your favorite college experiences?

One of my photographs was chosen as part of the Studio Selections this semester. It’ll be hung in the Myers lobby where lots of people can appreciate it as much as I do! It’s just so fulfilling to work hard on something and be able to share it with others. It can affect the person viewing it in so many ways! That is my favorite part of creating.

WELCOME TO ZPLATT!

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Welcome to ZPlatt, the heart of SUNY Plattsburgh’s art community, where we celebrate student creativity in all imaginable forms. Whether you dream of seeing your book on a shelf someday or hearing the song you wrote played on the radio, ZPlatt is the perfect opportunity for taking that first leap into publishing. Want to see your name in print? Want to share your work with the world? You’ve come to the right place. Preparation for our 2017 issue is in full swing, and guess what? We want you!


What we’re looking for… 

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GUIDELINES:

  • Only Original, Previously Unpublished Work
  • 5,000 word limit per piece
  • Text files: Word format, 12 pt. font
  • Multimedia: MP3, MP4, JPG file format
  • 5 entries per category per student

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SEND SUBMISSIONS TO ZPLATT2017@GMAIL.COM WITH THE GENRE AS THE SUBJECT LINE. INCLUDE YOUR NAME, MAJOR, AND ACADEMIC YEAR