The Eckleburg Project

A TAMU Literary Journal

The Eckleburg Project is the official undergraduate literary magazine of Texas A&M University. We are a student run magazine featuring student poetry, prose, and art. Just over four years old, with now eight issues under our belt, we started with the idea in mind that art should be free to the community and easily accessible.

Without community, art would not exist, and artwork is a direct reflection of that community. Thus, became our name, inspired by Doctor T.J. Eckleburg from The Great Gatsby. Dr. Eckleburg acts as a symbol of the all seeing eye over the city, not missing a single event or happening. To truly be a great artist, one must act as an acute observer to the environment. In order to grow in your art, you must surround yourself with art. Herein, The Eckleburg Project was born.

 Margaret Clark, Editor in Chief

Margaret Clark, Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief, Margaret Clark

Margaret Clark is a senior International Studies and English Major originally from Anchorage, Alaska. She joined Eckleburg in February of 2017 as a member of the blog team and sauntered vaguely upward to become Editor in Chief. In her very limited free time Margaret makes podcasts and watches the same 12 YouTube videos over and over.

 Jason Arrington, Managing Editor/Sloth

Jason Arrington, Managing Editor/Sloth

Managing Editor, Jason Arrington

Jason is a junior English and Philosophy  double major from Plano, Texas.  He joined The Eckleburg Project in Spring 2016 as a Prose Screener and moved on to become the Managing Editor in Fall 2017. In his free time he enjoys chess, Miles Davis, and not doing the reading for class.

This picture is actually Jason-he's a sloth.

 Marina Buttecali, Treasurer

Marina Buttecali, Treasurer

Treasurer, Reagan Spexarth

Reagan Spexarth is a sophomore Political Science major, English and Philosophy double minor from The Woodlands, Texas. Reagan joined the The Eckleburg Project as a fundraiser in January of 2017. She currently works as an undergraduate researcher at The Bush School, where she is researching stabilization efforts in Eastern Europe. She hopes to eventually use this research to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science. In her free time Reagan enjoys fencing, chess, and watching Rupaul’s Drag Race when she should be studying. Reagan is easily enticed by poetry slams and promises of free food.

 Ashton Mathai, Publicist

Ashton Mathai, Publicist

Publicist, Ashton Mathai

Ashton is a junior English major and Business and New Media Art double minor from Colleyville, Texas. She joined The Eckleburg Project as the publicist in the Fall of 2018. Her ultimate dream is to finish her degree and travel the world, going wherever she can for as long as she can. But for now, she contents herself by imagining herself in other worlds via novels and writing stories. Other interests include pulling all-night movie marathons with friends, loving plants that don't love her back, and singing as loud as she can in the shower.

 Breezy Zuniga, Prose Editor

Breezy Zuniga, Prose Editor

Prose Editor, Breezy Zuniga

Breezy Zuniga is a junior English major, Journalism and Communications double minor from the Rio Grande Valley. She joined The Eckleburg Project in the spring of 2017 as a Prose Screener and moved on to become Prose Editor in Fall 2018. In her free time, she writes for the online magazine Her Campus and works for the Department of Res Life as a Resident Advisor. She can be found attending any and every Honest Men concert in Texas and streaming Spurs games in the library. After graduation, Breezy plans to explore the world of magazine editing and pursue graduate school in hopes of one day becoming a really cool, really old professor.

 Sarah Roberts, Poetry Editor

Sarah Roberts, Poetry Editor

Poetry Editor, Sarah Roberts

Sarah is a sophomore Business major, English minor from Austin, Texas. She started as a Screener for The Eckleburg Project in the fall semester of her freshman year and has loved being a part of the magazine ever since. When she’s not studying or reading, she is drinking hot tea, laughing with friends and family, eating adventurous foods, and watching Gilmore Girls episodes. After graduation, Sarah hopes to travel the world and work in a publishing house where she is paid to read all day.

 Head Designer, Crystal Torres

Head Designer, Crystal Torres

Head Designer, Crystal Torres

Crystal is a University Studies Major with a concentration in Graphic Design and Film Studies.

She joined the Eckleburg Project in Fall 2018 as the Head Designer. You can find her drawing/designing most of the time on campus or listening to Good Charlotte religiously. During rainy days, she likes to blast some classics from The Cure or debate how amazing My Hero Academia is. After graduation, she wants to secure a job as a Graphic designer, save money, go to graduate school god knows where, and see what the future holds.

 

 Blog Manager, Monika Syminds

Blog Manager, Monika Syminds

Blog Manager, Monika Symonds

Monika is a Junior double majoring in English and Environmental Studies from Fort Worth, Texas. She joined the Eckleburg Project as the blog editor in Fall 2018 excited to take the plunge into blogging and expanding her writing. When she's not doing school work or working for GameStop, you can find her arranging and cataloging her DS collection, hunting for Funko Pops and amiibos, or playing videogames. When she graduates, she wants to travel the world, and influence environmental policy for the better. 

 

 Steve McGuire, Academic Advisor

Steve McGuire, Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor, Lowell Mick White

Lowell Mick White is the author of five books including the novels That Demon Life and Burnt House. A winner of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, White received his PhD at Texas A&M University, where he is an Instructional Assistant Professor.

Our Teams

Screening Team

Anna Roberts

Haley Hardwick

Marissa Vargas

Emily Boyd

 

 

Fundraising Team

Roy Thu Hitke

 

 

Design Team

Jihyeon Joung

Callie Prather

 

Bloggers

Abbey Mitchell

Anna Cairns

Diamond Edwards

Erin Kasprowicz

Sergio Segura

 

 

© Texas A&M The Eckleburg Project, 2017