New MMU lit, art magazine available online today

Mount Mercy University alumna Courtney Snodgrass and Professor of English Mary Vermillion have teamed up to do what they do best—produce meaningful work for others to enjoy. The product—Mercy Creative Review—is the university’s first-ever alumni- and employee-sourced literary and art magazine.

“I wanted Mercy Creative Review to have its own personality and unique traits,” said Snodgrass, who graduated from Mount Mercy’s English program in 2017. “The diversity of submitted pieces was unreal, and I think it shows that writing can connect.”

A selection committee comprised of seven members combed through more than 80 submissions. The result is a balanced collection that Snodgrass said provides comedic relief alongside pieces that tug at a reader’s heartstrings.

“It’s a nice balance to laugh after just having your heart broken,” she said.

Mercy Creative Review is a companion to Mount Mercy’s student-curated Paha Review, of which Snodgrass was also part.

“Throughout the three years I was an editor for Paha, I always had a staff or faculty member ask us if they could submit,” Snodgrass explained. “Unfortunately, we had to explain that Paha was a publication for current students only. From there, conversation would ensue about putting together a magazine for faculty, staff and alumni—but nothing ever came of it.”

So, when Snodgrass graduated, she and Vermillion laid plans to create such a magazine. After much planning, editing, laying out, and more editing—the first edition is ready for readers.

Released today, the magazine can be viewed online at

A limited run of 100 printed copies were produced, with 50 available to the public. Snodgrass said she hopes there’s enough interest and funding to print more in the future.

» If interested in a printed copy, submitting for next year’s edition, or serving on the selection committee, contact Courtney at

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