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About This Journal

The Brushing literary and arts journal emerged in 1972 from the traditional, Spanish-style architecture of Rollins College, as a distinctive and inspired space for student creativity. At a time when Central Florida’s touristic landscape overshadowed the imaginative voices of our community, Rollins English students devised Brushing as a way to unearth and showcase this yearning for literary potential in an expressive and accessible platform. And so, through the efforts of our predecessors, Brushing was born. Today, Brushing is still positioned against the backdrop of a stigmatized Orlando, but every year it publishes a unique blend of traditional and experimental creative forms of both art and literature. The Brushing editorial team challenges authors and artists to submit bold, “against the grain” efforts, in the same spirit that sparked the establishment of Brushing over 40 years ago. Our voice is not a singular voice, but rather a collection of individual voices that, cumulatively, embody the uniqueness, diversity, and ingenuity of the Greater Orlando community.