Abstract

An Analysis of the Literary History of Cal Poly Pomona

In 1971, a group of students from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona created Harvest International, a literary journal promoted to provide a creative writing outlet for students and faculty on campus. However, the journal has had difficulty maintaining its existence, needing to be revived by students both in 2001 and 2018. Our findings explore the ways in which students and faculty reimagined this creative outlet. Furthermore, our project addresses the question of the role that the humanities department plays on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. To answer these questions we are completing a literary analysis of these works and conducting interviews with advisors, editors, and featured artists from these publications. We are also using primarily archival research to focus on the different revival periods of Harvest International, the Tuesday at 11:00 zine, and the Pomona Valley Review. We are exploring how the literary works in each of these revival periods coincides with the local, historical, and political contexts surrounding them. Because we were editors of Harvest International in Fall 2019, we began our research during that period as we revived the Tuesday at 11:00 literary zine. This project uncovers the untold critical history of creative production at Cal Poly Pomona through the journal's archives, analysis of creative work, and interviews with faculty and alumni.

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