Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Interpolations.

After almost a year of planning and plenty of hard (but always rewarding) work on this project, I am excited to introduce the University of Maryland English Department’s first ever, refereed journal of first year writing! Looking at the journal in its final form, I could not be more pleased with the document that you see before you.

All of this is the result of a broad collaboration between an incredibly talented, dedicated, and insightful group of individuals here in the Department. As such, I hope that you will indulge me for a moment while I thank each of them.

None of this would have been possible without Dr. Linda Macri, Director of the First Year Writing Program, who gave me the initial green light to move forward with my proposal for this journal, and who allowed me the leeway to guide its development.

Additionally, I can’t begin to tell you the number of hours that Kevin Remmell, Assistant Director of Administrative Services and all-around web genius, put into designing, programming, testing, tweaking, and re-tweaking the journal’s website to create the attractive, user friendly site you are now admiring.

I also cannot fail to mention the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee (CSTFAC) for deeming Interpolations to be an important enough project to generously approve our grant proposal to fund the journal in its inaugural year.

The Interpolations editorial board—Jennifer Ashlock, Elizabeth Fixsen, Maggie Fromm, Nabila Hijazi, Kisa Lape, Kimberly O’Connor, and Natalie Phillips—are an outstanding group of fellow graduate students and English 101 instructors. Without their incredible recommendations and earnest discussions about what this journal should represent, not to mention their hours of work reading, commenting on, and editing our submissions, Interpolations would have been a far poorer publication.

Finally, and most importantly, I must acknowledge our talented English 101 students, for whom this journal is meant to be a doorway into the ongoing discourse of our University’s academic community. We had almost 100 submissions for this first issue! It is a brave act to willingly submit one’s work to be scrutinized and judged by others—particularly so for the newest members of our academic community. I applaud each one of them who took this plunge and I encourage future students to follow their example.

The high level of writing and well considered arguments found in so many of these submissions made the selection process long, detailed, and difficult. Ultimately, though, I believe that we chose the right articles—those that represent the best, most compelling work being produced by our English 101 students.

I thank all of the people involved in making Interpolations a journal that our entire university can be proud of, as I do you for becoming a reader of the journal and helping to continue the conversations started here!


Adam Lloyd