‘Sinking City’ Showcases Diverse Voices

Chantel Acevedo, far left, faculty advisor for Sinking City, launched the literary magazine with students and contributors last week.
By UM News

Chantel Acevedo, far left, faculty advisor for Sinking City, launched the literary magazine with students and contributors last week.

‘Sinking City’ Showcases Diverse Voices

By UM News
The new online literary journal published by graduate students hopes to drive conversations about the environment and other important issues.

Miami’s vulnerability to climate change and sea-level rise goes far beyond infrastructure and institutions; it threatens the future of its most valuable asset—its diverse multicultural and multilingual community. Sinking City, a new online literary journal published semi-annually by students in the UM Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, is committed to showcasing diverse, multilingual voices in works that drive conversations about the environment and other relevant topics.

“It’s very important for writers to also be good literary citizens, in other words, to give back to the community that they are a part of,” says Chantel Acevedo, A.B. ’97, M.F.A. ’99, associate professor of English and faculty advisor for Sinking City. “The work that putting together a literary journal takes can represent the best of that kind of citizenship.”

Sinking City hosted a launch party on Thursday at Tinta y Café in Coral Gables, where several contributors to the inaugural issue read their work, including UM poetry professor Maureen Seaton, who read her “Sonnet for Snapper Creek.”

Sinking City accepts poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and works of art.