Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Cali Kopczick

Time for another round of “Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff!” Up today is our Poetry Editor Cali Kopczick, who you probably know from basically every organization on campus. Seriously, she is everywhere.

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
    • Poetry Editor.
  2. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
    • I would say Banana Leaf, but that closed…

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  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
    • I try to shut out TV during the quarter, but over last break I caught up on the most recent seasons of Doctor Who and Parks & Recreation in the span of about 4 days.
  2. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
    • “At the Mouth of the River of Bees,” which I just read this quarter for a class. It’s gorgeous.
  3. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
    • “Filling Station” by Elizabeth Bishop – I think it’s a great model for how poetry (and art in general) teaches us to look closely at the world, and how that helps us like it a little bit more.
  4. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
    • “Twittering Machine” by Paul Klee. An author/artist I follow on Twitter tweeted it at one point, and I clicked the link just for the hilarity on the title on the medium. I ended up loving it and even writing a poem on it for a class this fall.
  5. Batman or Superman?
    • Keep your apple pie, America. I’m Batman all the way.
  6. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
    • UW Medical Center.
  7. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
    • I saw Little Dragon at Bumbershoot a few years ago. They came on in the early evening, when the sky was still light and the moon was coming out, and I’d never heard them before but they were so wonderfully strange and soulful. It was a great vibe.
  8. Why did you decide come to the UW?
    • None of the other colleges I got into felt right.
  9. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
    • If I’m going to cover that much vertical space that fast, I only want to have to do it once.
  10. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
    • Listening to Erin’s stories at the Open Mics.
  11. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    • Mockingjay Part I.
  12. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
    • Nope.
  13. Where’s your favorite place to study?
    • Trabant.
  14. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
    • I’m a tutor and Assistant Director at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center. I’m also involved with the Write Away! creative writing circle and the Poetry Brigade.
  15. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
    • “Life During Wartime” by Talking Heads
    • “Slippery People” by Talking Heads
    • “Naïve Melody (This Must Be the Place)” by Talking Heads
    • “Crosseyed and Painless” by Talking Heads
    • “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads
  16. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
    • Brownies
  17. Do you like scary movies?
    • No strong feelings. Not really, I guess?
  18. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
    • Nope.
  19. What are you majoring in?
    • English.
  20. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
    • Tame raccoon (if there is such a thing).
  21. Coffee or tea?
    • Coffee (decaf).
  22. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    • I don’t like to socialize first thing, but I like mornings more. I’m looking forward to the day when I can go to bed early enough to get my sleep schedule back on track.
  23. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
    • How much of editorial work is logistics. And by logistics, I mean spreadsheets.
  24. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
    • My Google Calendar.
  25. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
    • Wales, India, an archipelago, Narnia, Middle Earth, Mars.
  26. Are you afraid of clowns?
    • Vaguely.
  27. What’s your go-to snack food?
    • The Thai Chili Lime Cashews from Trader Joe’s.
  28. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
    • Ahh that’s so hard. Probably either Frances McCue’s Triggering Towns class or Victoria Lawson’s Global Poverty & Care.
  29. Who always makes you laugh?
    • My brother Abe.
  30. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
    • Take a class on Excel.
  31. Plans for after you graduate?
    • Work for a few years and tackle the reading list I’ve been accumulating over the past four years. Learn how to say no to schoolwork.

Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Erika Mann

We’re kicking off our “Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff” series with one the staff members who will be here next year, Erika Mann! We asked her 33 hard-hitting questions, and you won’t BELIEVE how she answered them (you probably will, actually, we’re just trying out this click-bait thing):

1. What’s your role in Bricolage?

  • Visual Arts Editor

2. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?

  • Thaiger Room is always a good option.

3. What are you currently binge-watching?

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

4. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?

  • “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe

5. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?

  • Can’t choose, but it’s between “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, and “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop

6. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?

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  • “Blue Nude II” by Henri Matisse

7. Batman or Superman?

  • Batman

8. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?

  • Architecture Hall…nice columns

9. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?

  • I saw Ed Sheeran at the Showbox about 2 years ago. He really knows how to connect with his audience!

10. Why did you decide come to the UW?

  • I’ve lived in California my entire life, so for college, I wanted to explore some place new and step out of my comfort zone. I chose UW specifically because it just felt like the right school for me.

11. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?

  • Skydive

12. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?

  • I’ve enjoyed working with all of the other staff members, as well as learning more about how a journal is produced. I also like getting to know all the talented artists and writers at UW!

13. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?

  • The live-action Cinderella

14. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?

  • I’m from the Bay and we’re so loyal to our teams! My favorites are the Golden State Warriors and the Oakland Athletics.

15. Where’s your favorite place to study?

  • …my bed

16. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?

  • Right now, I’m in between jobs ~sigh~

17. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.

  • 1) “Just Like Heaven” by the Cure 2) “Video” by India.Arie 3) “Starlight” by Muse 4) “Bills Bills Bills” by Destiny’s Child 5) “12:51” by the Strokes

18. Cake, cookies, or brownies?

  • Do I have to choose?

19. Do you like scary movies?

  • No

20. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?

  • No

21. What are you majoring in?

  • English Language and Lit with a minor in Art History

22. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?

  • A tiger because they’re fierce

23. Coffee or tea?

  • Coffee in the morning, tea before bed

24. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

  • Neither…I really love sleeping.

25. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?

  • I’ve learned better organizational and time management skills. I’ve also learned how to work with other people as part of a team.

26. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?

  • Twitter

27. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?

  • I’d want to travel to Europe and to my homeland, the Philippines.

28. Are you afraid of clowns?

  • Yes

29. What’s your go-to snack food?

  • Anything I can eat with peanut butter

30. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?

  • I would have to say English 302 because I enjoyed the professor. He was funny and also helpful, especially during office hours. After taking his class, I feel more confident in my writing.

31. Who always makes you laugh?

  • My sister and my dad

32. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?

  • Don’t be lazy, take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t be scared of trying new things! If you ever think you’re not good enough, remember you made it here.

33. Plans for after you graduate?

  • None at the moment, but if you come up with something let me know.

Issue 34 Staff Openings

Bricolage has 5 staff openings to fill for the 2015-16 school year. Below are a list of the open positions along with a description:

*Prose Editor: Responsibilities include collecting, reviewing, selecting, and editing all prose submissions, managing prose volunteers and meetings, and communicating with all prose authors.

*Poetry Editor: Responsibilities include collecting, reviewing, selecting, and editing all poetry submissions, managing poetry volunteers and meetings, and communicating with all poetry authors.

*Community Involvement Officer: Responsibilities include maintaining website and email account in conjunction with managing editor, coordinating authors for the release party reading, acting as MC for all Bricolage events, preparing acceptance/rejection letters, creating publicity/promotional materials in conjunction with design/layout editor, managing the Bricolage social media.

*Development Officer: Responsibilities include creating and maintaining an annual budget, recording all transactions, managing invoices, and fundraising.

*Layout/Design Editor: Responsibilities include designing the look and format of the journal and promotional materials, and proofreading the final manuscript before it is sent to the printer.

Since the Bricolage Staff is comprised of only seven people, each staff member gets the opportunity to be totally involved in all aspects of Bricolage, from the creation of the journal to putting on events. We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people from any and all majors to apply. Applicants must be undergraduates.

If you are interested in one or several of these positions, please send your resume and cover letter (stating the staff position(s) you are interested in) to bricouw@gmail by Friday, May 22nd.

Questions? Email bricouw@gmail.com

And as a special treat to get to know the people behind the positions, starting soon we will be posting exclusive interviews with the Issue 33 staff, so stay tuned!

Piece-for-Piece: A Creativity Workshop

Hello, friends! As you know, February 20 is the deadline for submitting to Issue 33, and we’re just under a month away. But fear not, because we are here to help you all finalize your submissions! The night will start with a brief peer-review discussion from admins from the Odegaard Writing and Research Center, followed by a period where artists from throughout the UW community can peer review each others’ PIECES of prose, poetry, or visual art while eating PIECES of pizza (see what we did there?). The event will be capped off with a lecture on creativity by Frances McCue, teacher, writer and arts instigator.

RSVP to this event to reserve your piece of pizza at https://www.facebook.com/events/814047971999597/

Submit to Issue 33!

We are still looking for submissions for Issue 33! The deadline to submit is February 20th but feel free to submit as soon as your piece is ready. All questions about the process can be found if you click on the “Journal Submissions” tab. Remember, we accept work from UW student, staff, faculty, and alumni.