Here it is. The 2016 edition of Indiana Review Undergraduate Online! The W280 Literary Editing and Publishing class at Indiana University-Bloomington is proud to have found these literary gems hidden within “under-bed altars” in order to create something more than just a literary journal or a “book of nonsense with dynamite attached.” We wanted to compile works that evoked the sense of loss and discovery that all undergraduate students face as they move on from the “temple of childhood” to discover who they are and who they want to be.
We encouraged writing that looked beyond the literal interpretation of the theme of Lost or Found, and happily, we were rewarded. Before us were works ranging from the loss of crushed beer cans or the loss of a single, yellowed suicide note, to works about discovery, whether that was gaining newfound trust or learning how to mother “fearsome,” infant-shaped “creatures.”
Just as we stood witness to a man, who thought he could no longer trust another, look into his lover’s eyes and see “truth in them,” we found poetry and short fiction that dove into deeper meanings, tested boundaries, and challenged traditional forms and ideas. Thus, this issue represents a wide range of contemporary undergraduate writing under the umbrella of a unifying theme.
We hope you enjoy reading this collection of works, and that you end up either lost or found – or perhaps both – between its pages.