Behind the Bleachers

Hello! My name is Sarah Lacey and I am a part of this year’s issue of The Finger Literary Journal here at Finger Lakes Community College. I am a sophomore here at the college and majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences on the writing track. My job us is to provide you all with beneficial and enjoyable content about something I love very much. Sports have become very prevalent in today’s society, whether it be positive or negative. It has reached horizons that people could have never imagined. Whether we know it or not it has affected us in a subtle but timely way. “Behind the bleachers” will take you into the societal effects of sports on the world today. It will contain how sports affect our lives on a day to day basis. Content will contain things on how it has affected areas outside of sports. Affected areas like political and economic factors in our government and so much more. It will also include content that shapes your thinking about sports and what it has done to our world as we know it. Get ready to take a look inside the ongoing relationship between sports and our every changing society.

Posted by Sarah Lacey in Behind the Bleachers

The Silver Screen


My name is Trinity Wilson. Reading and writing is my passion. I mostly write fiction and read novels from authors such as Stephen King, Rick Riordan and Angie Thomas. In regards to a career I want to do something that involves television and film… maybe scriptwriting or become a producer.

I’m a Communication/Journalism Major who absolutely adores movies. I love the entire aspect of going to the theater, the dazzling movie trailers, the buttery popcorn with a side of refreshing Fruit Punch… I love it all.

With that said, welcome to my blog where I post movie reviews. My reviews vary from fascinating sci-fi adventures to animated features to riveting dramas. No movie is too big or too small in my eyes. 

I hope you enjoy my blog, The Silver Screen! 

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The Girl with the Bluish-Green Hair

Rachael Eckerson is in her third and final year at FLCC, working towards her two associate’s degrees in Music and Writing. She originally enrolled in college to become a math teacher, too stubborn and not confident enough to pursue her passions as careers options. However, when she made the switch after discovering that her life-long plan of becoming a teacher wasn’t as good a fit for her as she thought it would be, doors were opened for her that she never imagined possible. Now, with plans to continue onto a four-year college for a bachelor’s degree in English and to eventually become an editor for novels and short stories, she joins The Finger Literary Journal.

Wanting to combine her two passions into one, she’ll be contributing to our website with We Will Rock You, a blog that will focus on FLCC’s 2019 Spring Arts Festival, “The Show Must Go On.” As a vocalist for the tribute concert to Queen, she’ll be reporting on the show’s progress and providing some insight as to why the band was chosen as this year’s theme, in addition to some background for the songs included in the set list.

Rachael hopes that her blog will draw more attention to the other creative outlet FLCC has to offer aside from literature and the arts, as well as give representation to the musicians whose talents and projects deserve to be shared in The Finger Literary Journal  too. She’s excited to be a part of the journal and looks forward to sharing her experiences with our literary community.

Posted by Rachael Eckerson in We Will Rock You

Critically Eyeing Film with Tanner Cooper

This is a great place for those who are intrigued by film review and analysis to find greater meaning and underlying messages that may be present throughout films. Film Analyses will be driven from movies that have been out for some time so that new movies will not be spoiled for those who want to see them. Movies that are not in theaters are fair game as to what will be discussed. In order to analyze the films, PLOT SPOILERS WILL BE PRESENT. Hope you enjoy! ~Tanner

Posted by Tanner Cooper in Film Analysis

The 2018 Issue is Now at Large

We have mailed out copies of the 2018 issue to our amazing and talented contributors. This little printed treasure is now in the hands of folks on every coast and on three different continents. Many thanks to all of you for your continued support. We hope you will help us keep The Finger alive and well by submitting your work for consideration in our 2019 issue. Deadline is April 15, 2019. Click on the submissions tab for details.

Posted by Erin Brewer

Meet Our New Editor-in-Chief

In Upstate New York and in many places around the country, the New Year whipped in like a whirlwind, cold and snowy, howling for a home, and looking for direction. Here at The Finger, we hope you have weathered the storms, dug yourselves out of whatever scenario the sky befell you, and discovered or revisited the muses among you. As the winter solstice fades further into the background, we are looking forward to longer and brighter days, heightened levels of Vitamin D, and a new burst of energy to fuel our creative angels and demons. We can’t wait to get started on our Fall 2018 issue, and we are excited to see what y’all bring to the table! We are also pleased to introduce you to our new editor-in-chief, FLCC alum and part-time faculty member, Erin Brewer. Erin joined our team at the end of December and says that she is “both humbled and honored to be a part of an artistic endeavor founded at a place that always feels like home.”

Erin deeply admires the work of the students, staff, and faculty that have come before her and hopes to continue the legacy of The Finger as a “unique literary publication that connects our little college community to the big and bold artistic world at large in a spirit of comradery, a celebration of diversity, and with a passionate, creative drive.”

So…here she is, folks. Introducing Erin Brewer:




And here’s that bio-spiel-type-thing:

Erin grew up in the Finger Lakes area, having attended Marcus Whitman High School and Finger Lakes Community College, where she pursued Honors Studies and contributed to The Review and Rooted in the Fragments. She completed her undergraduate work at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, with a BA in English and a minor in German Area studies. She received an MA in English Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from SUNY Brockport, where her research focused on graphic memoir through the lenses of genre and gender theories, and her creative work culminated in a multi-media poetry piece reflecting on the works of Toni Morrison. She is published in the literary magazines of her alma maters, Thel and Jigsaw.

Currently a part-time faculty member of the humanities department at FLCC, you will be sure to run in to Erin somewhere on campus as she divides her time between teaching English courses, providing writing support and mentoring in The Write Place, and editing and promoting The Finger. In colder weather, you might also want to check the café where Erin often sits with her journal, laptop, or lunch, looking through the walls of windows and waiting for the arrival of what she calls “the snow globe effect.” When it’s sunny and warm, she’ll more likely be hiding in the campus arboretum, chatting with trees and documenting their stories.

Academically, these days, Erin continues to research and explore the graphic medium of storytelling and its inclusion in teaching writing in a college classroom. Creatively, she describes herself as “a poet trapped in a personal essay.”

Outside of writing and teaching, Erin feels most at home in the woods or in her garden: “There is nothing more therapeutic than touching dirt, feeling it between your toes and your fingers. It makes you mindful of the stuff you’re made of. It keeps you humble and grateful. And it teaches you that when it comes to the earth, you’re absolutely and completely responsible for its well-being. You really think about that once you feel how much dirt and people are one and the same.”

Erin lives in Farmington with her partner of nine years and their three children: Tristan, 14, Sophie Rainn, 5, and Raven Starr, 2, and their three fur babies: Maya the Chocolate Lab, Oliver the Australian Cattle Dog, and Samsyn The Black Siamese cat.

Erin’s lifelong ambition and ultimate goal is to one day travel the globe as a volunteer and/or ambassador for UNICEF.





Posted by Erin Brewer in News


Well, there you have it. The 5th issue of The Finger is officially out and leaving its prints all over the country, including Hawaii. We’ve been fortunate to have some amazing, edgy, thought-provoking work fill the pages and grace the covers of issues past. But this year feels as though we’ve started to discover who we are and how we’re going to carry ourselves into the future as a professionally-produced literary journal.

This latest issue holds a seriously diverse collection of work. But there’s a continuity between the words and images, the layout and small details, that pulls the entire sheaf into a singular experience. It is greater than the sum of its parts. From Flesh Farm (by Joshua Corey) on the cover to Full Color (a crowd-sourced piece by students at FLCC, curated by Meghan Fellows) rounding out the issue, the student editors of The Finger did a fantastic job of selecting the best of what was submitted and pulling it all together to share with the world. But we’ll leave that up to you to decide.

If you’d like to send us work for the 2017 issue, submissions are now open!


With that, ladies and gentlemen, we’re proud to give you the 2016 issue of The Finger. Flip through the pages by using the navigation at the bottom of the image.


Posted by Matt Smythe in News

Interview with Curt Nehring Bliss

This is another entry in our recent series of interviews by Annie Livingston and Amanda Reed. Our subject this time is Curt Nehring Bliss, one of the English professors at Finger Lakes Community College!


Curt Nehring Bliss

Interviewers: Annie Livingston and Amanda Reed

Have writing and literature always been a big part of your life?

I have a record of my writing all the way back to kindergarten, so yes, writing has always been a big part of my life. It’s how I kind of coped with all of my heartbreaks in high school and junior high. I have been using writing as a way of understanding myself in the world almost my entire life. Literature came a little later; I didn’t really discover literature until the end of my sophomore year of college. I was Chemistry major when I started as an undergrad, and than I took a required literature course and fell in love with poetry. I changed my major that summer, and ever since then I have just been a veracious reader.

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Posted by Erin Brewer in Interviews, Student Work