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Water~Stone Review is a literary annual published by the Hamline University Graduate School of Liberal Studies.
The review publishes work in all genres as well as essay/reviews and writers' interviews. Features include two
biennial contests and visual art by students at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD).

Water~Stone Review
Editorial Board:

Mary Francois Rockcastle
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Patricia Kirkpatrick
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Sheila O'Connor
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Barrie Jean Borich
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Meghan Maloney-Vinz
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Mary François Rockcastle is the author of the novel, Rainy Lake (Graywolf Press), which was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and selected as one of the New York Public Library's 1996 Books of the Teen Age. An essay "Mixed Use in the City" was published in Toward the Livable City by Milkweed Editions (2004). > More

Patricia Kirkpatrick
has published a poetry book, Century's Road (Holy Cow! Press), two letterpress chapbooks, Orioles and Learning to Read, and books for young readers, including Plowie: A Story from the Prairie (Harcourt), illustrated by her sister, artist Joey Kirkpatrick. > More

Sheila O'Connor
received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, Iowa Writers Workshop. Her novel, Where No Gods Came won the 2004 Minnesota Book Award as well as the Michigan Award for Literary Fiction. It was also chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. > More

Barrie Jean Borich is the nonfiction editor of Water~Stone Review and the author of My Lesbian Husband, winner of an American Library Association GLBT Nonfiction Book Award. Her first memoir, Restoring the Color of Roses, is set in the Calumet Region of Chicago, she is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship > More

Meghan Maloney-Vinz worked as the Design Coordinator with the Hamline University Graduate School of Liberal Studies Student literary magazine rock, paper, scissors (a journal she helped create) for two years before coming on board with Water~Stone Review. As a student in the MFA program at Hamline, she served on the poetry editorial board for two issues including 2007 when she was Poetry Assistant Editor. > More

Why "Water~Stone?"

Water~Stone, known in alchemy as the Philosopher's Stone, was composed of the four elements of earth, fire,
air and water. The stone was supposed by alchemists to posses the property of changing base metals into gold,
the most perfect of all metals. It was thought to combine within itself matter and spirit, or body and sold: a union
of opposites in perfect harmony. Water~Stone connotes the dynamic, transformative power of literature, as well
as the search for beauty and perfection at work in the hearts of aspiring writers. The logo type for Water~Stone
is based on a hybrid of two ancient alchemic symbols: one for the amalgam of all elements, and the second for the
element of water as a pure and dynamic force. The amalgam is a reference to the multi-genre, interdisciplinary
nature of the graduate writing program at Hamline University.


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