FAMU Literary Magazine Takes the ‘Cake’

Florida A&M has another magazine. The Cake Magazine, a literary journal of poetry and arts, has been overlooked for years.

Kristine Snodgrass, an English professor, and students in her creative writing class established the magazine in 2006.

Snodgrass said they created the magazine because there wasn’t a literary publication on campus since “The Black Scenic,” published in the 1970s.

“The Cake Magazine showcases poetry, creative writing and photography. It’s a literary magazine that students can have, read and share,” Snodgrass said.

While the magazine is not well-known, it has a huge market and is for everyone, Snodgrass said.

“The audience is very wide. It’s for everyone on campus, including all of the students and staff,” she said.

Volunteers will assist in selling the current issue, and those funds will go toward the next issue. Joseph Navarro, an English student from San Francisco, said the next issue is going to be a success.

“The next issue is going to be bigger and better. We are getting accolades from people across the United States,” Navarro said.

Navarro, fiction editor for the magazine, started out as the assistant editor and said he enjoys his position, but is concerned about student involvement.

“It’s essentially FAMU literature and art. We’re embracing our art community, but there are not enough students who are volunteering to be editors and to take an active part in the magazine,” Navarro said. “We’re only here because of the student and faculty. The more support we get and the more submissions we get, the better we get as a whole.”

Paul Kayemba, an English student from Uganda said, “Expect to see something fresh, submissions from different parts of the country and unique artwork and something will connect with you as well as challenge you to look at writing from a different angle.”

Kayemba is excited about the next issue and said he finds the concept to be a beautiful piece that everyone should be involved in.

The magazine is focusing on fundraising so it can print in the spring. To get the word out for its next issue, there will be upcoming events at Railroad Square.

Cake Magazine will have its next issue in the middle of April 2012. Issues are $3 for students and $5 for non-students.

Interested writers or volunteers should contact editors at cakepoetryandart@gmail.com.

Published items may be seen at www.haveasliceofcakepoetry.blogspot.com