In Which We Launch a Literary Journal Through Lewis University, Jet Fuel Review is run entirely by students under the supervision of faculty advisers Dr. Simone Muench and Dr. Jackie White. In the spirit of journals such as Joliet Junior College’s Wordeater, Illinois Wesleyan University’sTributaries, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Dear Navigator, Lewis alumna Mary Egan launched a journal run by students with a national scope for publication. Though this journal is run by English majors attending Lewis University, a university nestled in the Midwest, we hope to reach people thousands of miles from our verdant campus by being entirely online.
Online media is gaining ground quickly in the technological age. Each day, print media declines more as The New York Times launches their expansive online edition and Newsweek is bought for one dollar. It is in this environment that the Jet Fuel Review launches as an entirely online literary journal. Plainly said, we have faith in online media, and we think it’s the best way to spread a love of the arts and to connect artists in a community that reaches beyond the boundaries of a physical community. Since fiction, poetry, and artwork are all about breaking down boundaries and pushing past expectations, an online venue is the logical choice for our contributors to reach as many people as possible, and for us to cultivate a creative community for anyone who happens to click on our site and like what they see.
Jet Fuel Review‘s first issue was published in May of 2011, and the second issue debuted on November 29th, 2011. We think it has an abundance of future possibilities. We seek to create a writer’s community, publish quality writing and artwork, and maintain a blog connected to the literary journal site. As we look to the future, we hope that you’ll join us, whether it be through joining the staff, submitting your work, or simply reading what we create here. No matter why you stay on the site, we hope you stay for a while.