Our 3rd Annual Open Mic Poetry Night

The Streetcar staff members are excited to announce our Open Mic Poetry Night taking place on November 2nd! It will be held in the Dawg House of the Colvard Student Union on the MSU campus from 7 to 9 p.m. This year’s will be our third one, and it’s become an event that Streetcar fans and staff love to have every fall.

We invite all MSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members to attend. You can bring your own poetry to read or sit back and enjoy the work of others, and refreshments will be provided.

We would like to thank our co-sponsor, the MSU Writing Center, that has contributed to this event for the past two years and continues its support this year.

For any questions regarding this event, please contact us through email (thestreetcarmsu@yahoo.com) or social media (Facebook and Twitter).

We hope to see you there!



Interested in joining The Streetcar staff?

Our staff will be hosting interest meetings next week. They’ll take place on Tuesday, August 23rd, and Wednesday, August 24th, at 5pm in room 405 of Griffis Hall.

At these meetings, our co-editors-in-chief will explain what The Streetcar is, how it’s run, and different responsibilities and opportunities that are available to potential new staff members. The editors and other staff members will be able to answer any questions you might have about the journal, applying, or what it’s like to be on the staff.

We’re more than just English and Art majors, so don’t hesitate to check us out even if your major isn’t a typical “creative” one. Our current staff is a diverse group, and we’re looking for new staff members to add to the mix that will be just as passionate about the journal as we are. There’s opportunities for general staff member positions as well as editor (fiction, nonfiction, art, and poetry), copyediting, production, and public relations/social media positions, with opportunities to move up into positions that you’re interested in after this year.

We hope to see you at one of our interest meetings! If you are unable to make either meeting, or if you have any questions before then, please feel free to email us at thestreetcarmsu@yahoo.com.

(Final) TSC Interest Meeting Poster


Summer Staff Highlight #10: Karleigh Kimbrell

This summer, Karleigh studied at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She focused her studies on the Lost Generation, specifically Ernest Hemingway in the Oxbridge Tutorial system. During her time in Oxford, she had the opportunity  to travel to Bath, Cambridge, London, Windsor Castle, and Blenheim Palace. She was also able to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe Theatre and Les Miserable at the Queen’s Theatre.

Her favorite place in Oxford was the Botanical Gardens, which are the oldest in England. They’re set on the River Thames, so Karleigh and her friends went punting down the river after exploring the gardens. She loved having the opportunity to spend the summer reading works by one of her favorite writers while exploring the United Kingdom.

To hear more about her adventures in England and the rest of the United Kingdom, you can check out her blog where she documented her trip.

Here she is at Christ Church:

Karleigh Kimbrell pic (edited)


Summer Staff Highlight #9: Krissy Carter

This summer, Krissy has been working at her local Barnes & Noble in Ridgeland, MS in addition to interning. She says that it hasn’t been easy to balance the two, but she is enjoying her internship. She’s met many different people who have jobs that she would be interested in pursuing after graduating from MSU, so that has made her look forward to her post-grad future!

She’s also taken a few spontaneous trips to New Orleans, Houston, and Nashville and has stuck with her goal of reading a new book every week. She is also in the process of creating a lifestyle blog. With the help of a family friend and a little bit free time this summer, she hopes to have it up and running soon!

Krissy is looking forward to the new semester after having such a productive summer!


Summer Staff Highlight #8: Ciarra Smith

This summer, Ciarra has continued to work in Dr. Eell’s lab, where they are attempting to find out if the nurr1 transcription factor, a major component in dopamine expression, somehow alters its dopamine levels due to the presence of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. T. gondii antibodies have been found in many patients with schizophrenia, so it’s believed that the parasite plays some role in the altered dopamine levels of these patients, and that is what the lab is testing to find out.

Ciarra says her favorite moment was when she completed her first ever fresh brain dissection. She adds that her younger sister kindly informs her that this is “not dinner conversation.” Even though she’s been bitten by the mice that the lab works with more times than she can count, she has grown to love working with them.

While the summer is quickly coming to a close, she hopes to squeeze in a lot more work at the lab.

Here she is decked out in her lab gear:

Ciarra Smith Pic (edited)


Summer Staff Highlight #7: Gentry Burkes

Gentry started off her summer at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. After enjoying three days of great music, she traveled back home to Los Angeles.

Currently, she’s studying at the Music Innovation Program at UCLA. Within the program, her studies focus on looking at the future of the music industry and where it’s headed. In addition to attending this summer program at UCLA, she’s also interning at a music branding company called Z Group.