Welcome to Watermark, an annual scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). We are dedicated to publishing original critical and theoretical essays concerned with literature of all genres and periods, as well as papers representing current issues in the fields of rhetoric and composition. Reviews of current works of literary criticism are also featured in Watermark. As this journal is intended to provide a forum for emerging voices, only student work is considered for publication.
All of the CSULB graduate students who have had a hand in forming and continuing this tradition should feel proud. Moreover, the contributing domestic and international graduate students should also feel proud. Watermark, over the course of its brief run, has published from around the globe. In these pages, the reader can travel across different countries—from local CSUs to London, Denmark, and Taiwan. With this being said, the current edition of Watermark 17 is underway and intends to expand upon its predecessors with the same inclusive, expansive enthusiasm.
—Celina Cooper and Ambar Quintanilla, Co-Executive Editors of Watermark 17