Adsum Fundraising Campaign: Help us make this year a success by making our Spring issue a reality!!

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Adsum is a student-run literary magazine that seeks to showcase the variety of creative works found at the University of Southern California. We are collecting donations to print our first Spring issue, which will publish selections of work from our April and May online issues. The issue will be roughly 42 pages, with colour images and a card stock cover. Copies of Adsum’s Spring issue will be distributed on campus. 

We are asking for 500.00 to publish 300 copies of our Spring issue. This accounts for $403.85 for printing and stapling, along with $60.16 for paper and $35.99 for other costs, like GoFundMe! fees, etc. Any residual funds will be reserved for future Adsum-related costs. 

Upon request, donors will receive a copy of our Spring issue. Donors with gifts of $50 will also receive a special acknowledgment in the issue. Any gift will be hugely appreciated; even $5 will greatly contribute to our overall goal. 

This printed issue is the culmination of over a year’s worth of efforts focused on illuminating and celebrating the creative diversity on USC’s campus. 


Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem


Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem
A Multimedia Performance in Words,
Images, Music and Dance

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free. Reservations required.

Called GypsyTsiganGitaneCyganeZigeuner, the Roma people have wandered the world for a thousand years. They’ve been romanticized but also brutally persecuted. Join us for a powerful multimedia performance based on Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, an acclaimed book-length poem written by USC professor and poet Cecilia Woloch. The work intertwines Woloch’s personal journey of identity with the larger forces that have shaped the Roma people’s fate and fortunes. This moving performance will include Flamenco music and dance by José Cortés, Ethan Margolis and Cihtli Ocampo, celebrating the lyrical fire of the Gypsy spirit. The evening will be introduced by Los Angeles former California Poet Laureate Carol Muske Dukes. A discussion will follow moderated by Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, and featuring Romani activist and scholar Dr. Ian Hancock from the University of Texas. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium. For more info, click here.

This event is presented at USC as part of the Visions and Voices initiative. The performance incorporates poetry, music, dance and film to comprise “a live documentary.”

USC Philosophy Club’s 2nd Annual “From Me to You—Conversations of Passions”

On April 26th, the USC Philosophy Club is organizing a mini-conference day where students will present 15-20 minute long talks on absolutely any topic that they are passionate about. A tradition started by our former club president, Ben Rolnik, “Conversations” is an annual discussion by students for students (true to our club motto, “to please or to educate!”). Promoting the University trait of “Scholarly,” the mini-conference gives students a platform to promote their academic voice without worry of pressure or judgment. Last year, more than 30 students presented in the conference and over 100 attendees came to our event. If you are interested in presenting this year, please send us your name, topic and abstract as soon as possible. Students of any class/degree level are welcome to present on any papers/topics of interest. For sign-ups, questions or concerns, please e-mail:

Special thanks to Elvira Limpid.  Interested parties can RSVP at 


Adsum wants your work for the May issue! 


Adsum is a student literary review at USC that aims to publish the best work in any and all genres of art from students of any major. All work submitted by April 17th will be considered for the May issue and may be considered for an end-of-semester print publication.

To submit, simply email your work to

Submission Guidelines:

1. Use the subject line “Adsum Spring 2013 Submissions”
2. Include your name and contact information in the body of your email.
3. Please limit your submission to a) twenty pages of prose, b) five poems, c) ten photographs/images.
4. Please attach your images in .jpg format, and your text in .doc or .docx. Please do not include .pdf submissions. 

All submissions are handled on an anonymous and impartial basis. We will send return emails with final decisions.

Thank you for your submission!

The Adsum Editorial Staff

USC Master of Professional Writing Program: “Writing for Stage & Screen” Festival

USC Events: “Writing for Stage & Screen Festival”

Caron Tate, author of “Love of Our Lives” and “California Fires,” will be presenting her prize-winning piece, “Power Points,” at the MPW “Writing for Stage & Screen” Festival.  She has provided some information about this event, along with a link to its official Facebook event page.

Sunday, April 7th, marks the 31st annual USC MPW “Writing for Stage and Screen” Festival. The evening will showcase readings of exciting new short plays by student competition winners, who will have the opportunity to work with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors from the film and TV industries. The winning scripts were selected by Julia Cho (playwright: BFE, Durango, The Language Archive; TV writer: Big Love, Fringe). The event begins at 7:00pm at the Electric Lodge Theater, located at 1416 Electric Ave. Venice, CA 90291. The festival and following reception is free and open to the public.  If interested, please RSVP to

Here is a short excerpt from the official Facebook event page:
“The MPW Writing for Stage and Screen Festival showcases outstanding work by MPW students by presenting staged readings of three short scripts—the winners of the annual MPW Writing for Stage and Screen Competition. The three winning writers collaborate with professional directors, actors, and dramaturgs from the theatre and film/TV industries to bring their scripts to life in front of an audience.”

It’s alive!


The Inaugural April Issue is now online!

One year ago, three USC students sat down at Ground Zero to discuss the prospect of founding a literary magazine.   Since then, we have had the privilege of speaking with dozens of like-minded students who saw a similar need for a multi-dimensional artistic community on campus.  We have reviewed over 100 submissions and have spent countless hours selecting, drafting and formatting a truly unique array of student works that represents the passion and artistic merit so clearly present here at USC.  Thank you to all of our contributors, whose creativity and passion made our dream of publishing this collection of student works a reality.

The April issue can also be located by clicking on the “April 2013” tap at the top of the homepage.
Submissions will soon be opening for the May issue – stay tuned!