North Central College - Naperville, IL

Drew Smith

Co-Editor, North Central Review

“I’m fascinated by the art of storytelling and the rhythm of poetry, and it’s really interesting to see how each person’s work is unique,” says Drew, who focuses on writing at North Central. As a Review co-editor, Drew reads every manuscript received and helps narrow selections for the 100-page journal.

Choosing submissions has sharpened the in-depth reading skills that will serve him well in grad school, and managing a team has taught him to take advantage of the different skills of every staff member. Recently, Drew won a competitive grant-writing internship and knows he was chosen because of his experience on the Review.

“Being a part of the North Central Review has given me the chance to meet other students who share similar interests,” he says. “And it’s connected me with the wider literary scene in the Chicago area. I even saw and heard (Nobel Prize-winning poet) Seamus Heaney read!”