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Print Oriented Bastards prepares for publication

Ines Pujos and Marci Calabretta, two Carnegie Mellon upperclassmen, have recently started their own creative literary journal. (credit: Alexandre Kaspar | ) Ines Pujos and Marci Calabretta, two Carnegie Mellon upperclassmen, have recently started their own creative literary journal. (credit: Alexandre Kaspar | )

Perhaps in the near future one will come across a literary journal — it will be rather small with a simple design, a physical presence in the reader’s hands. It is “every writer’s little black book,” according to Ines Pujos and Marci Calabretta, creators of the Print Oriented Bastards, an edgy, new literary journal that will be released sometime soon.

The inspiration for creating a journal first came one evening while junior Pujos and senior Calabretta, two creative writing students at Carnegie Mellon, were doing their homework together — but instead of completing their homework, Pujos and Calabretta began to daydream of starting a creative literary journal for fiction, poetry, and art. Their journal, they claimed, would become a publication that would be particularly welcoming to the contributions of unpublished undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation.

The two worked for hours in order to transform their dreams into a reality. “We weren’t sure where to begin,” Pujos recalled, remembering their very first attempts while starting the Print Oriented Bastards. “We were a little overwhelmed — how do we get submissions?”

“It was more difficult than we thought with the financial aspect,” Pujos admitted — they had to apply for the Dow Grant, which specifically provides funds for literary publications. The two also began to learn and understand the process of starting a literary publication. They attended the Pittsburgh Small Press Festival a few weeks after deciding to create their literary journal, where they encountered several local literary publications with different styles and ideas, allowing them to gain greater insight into the literary world.

Currently, the two are reading through all of the online submissions that they have received at printorientedbastards.wordpress.com. “We’re looking for anyone who is a good writer,” Calabretta said when speaking of the journal’s style.

The two creators are searching for high quality and originality — pieces that display “brilliant technique,” according to Pujos. “We want the journal itself to be a stylistic statement of emerging artists,” Calabretta said. The two upperclassmen are also planning on making the Print Oriented Bastards an official literary publication after their first issue is published, hoping to register as a formal, biannual literary review.

Although it has sometimes been difficult for them to both study in school and make preparations for the Print Oriented Bastards, Calabretta and Pujos have refused to give up on their creation. They have been working hard at proofreading the numerous and varying submissions that they have received. Calabretta will be graduating this spring, but that does not deter the two from continuing to work together. They hope that they will still be able to work as a team even after their years at Carnegie Mellon, maybe even turning the Print Oriented Bastards into a long-term project. Perhaps one day their journal will be available in New York or San Francisco, rather than just at Carnegie Mellon.