Embodied Effigies accepts submissions year round.


Managing Co-Editors, Designers, Creators:

John Carter
Catherine Roberts

John Carter is a 2018 graduate of Ball State University, where he earned his MA in English: Creative Writing. His work can be found in Volumes One and Two of The Ball State Writers’ Community Chapbook Series, as well as The Broken Plate. He lives in the cornfields of Indiana with his wife, Chelce, and cat-child, Sansa, both of whom tolerate the stresses of living with a writer far better than they ought to. A more extensive list of his writing blood, sweat, and tears can be found on his website– jekcarter.com

Catherine Roberts received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Ashland University and her BA in English: Creative Writing from Ball State University. She works primarily in her hometown’s library, helping the community to better access the written word. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Library and Information Science from IUPUI and lives in Indiana with her husband, Dan, and their son, Gray. Some of her work is available through Ball State University’s libraries and published online at The Prompt.

Effigies: A History

John and Cat met in their ENG 306 (Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing) class, where they first discovered their own CNF passions. They learned about each other’s writing further in ENG 406 (Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing), where they also discovered the incredible community of Ball State’s Creative Nonfiction community.

Initially, Embodied Effigies was an idea for a final project for ENG 489 (Practicum in Literary Editing and Publishing, The Broken Plate) between the two editors. They met to discuss creating an anthology of Creative Nonfiction Writing (which, as it might be obvious at this point, had found themselves seriously in love with). John and Cat remembered the final days of their ENG 406 class, where everyone had an awe-inspiring sense of community and the true desire for the class to keep going.
John and Cat wanted to extend that community beyond just their class of 15 or so people–especially since there was a larger community of poets and fiction writers spread among the campus.

This project was endorsed by the ENG 489 class (in the fact that Professor Mark Neely approved it to be their final project), but was otherwise independent. Personally, Cat had the intention to continue the magazine after her graduation in May 2012, with an online edition of the magazine being the primary publication after the first print anthology. The anthology itself was their ENG 489 project, but Embodied Effigies will continue until…

There is no suitable completion for that statement–there is no until for us anymore, only that Embodied Effigies will continue.

What’s In A Name?

The title of the magazine came from lists upon lists of words, the only one of which that really stuck out to us being “Effigies.” The words will serve as our effigies, our representations, our “us on paper.” As for “Embodied,” well, that comes from a much cooler place than just a list of words. Having just read Caitlin Horrocks’s debut collection of short stories, This is Not Your City, we found ourselves in love with the book–and one story in particular, titled (you guessed it) “Embodied.” It is an incredible story, and one that we recommend everyone read (so go pick up a copy of her book!).

Special thanks to our families and friends, especially Chelce and Dan, for their continuing support.


ISSN Number: 2572-2573

Creative Commons License
The works presented in Embodied Effigies are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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