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.





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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.

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The Finger is back, and we want your best!

Hello! It’s been a while since we’ve last spoke, but The Finger is still alive and kicking, and ready to point out some contests that are about to end soon. All contests are exclusive to current FLCC students, with cash prizes and publication should you win. We have…

  • A poetry contest, any topic
  • A flash fiction contest (approximately 500 words or less)
  • An art/photography contest

For all contests, First Prize is $250, Second Prize is $150, Third Prize is $100
All contests end tomorrow, April 5th, 2016! 


As well, submissions by current FLCC students for this year’s edition of The Finger also end on the above date – April 5th, 2016. Be you a fresh, green leaf, or well-seasoned in the art of writing, we welcome all potential submissions.

Do you want to miss out on your chance to be published in this year’s edition of FLCC’s national literary magazine? Whether it’s for one of our contests, or for general publication, give us a shout – we look forward to your entries!

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Reliable Source? Gov. Shutdown-Day 9

We aren’t here to point fingers- but as we round out our ninth day of the US Government shutdown, it’s often hard to know which posts on the net: inform, which are playing the blame game, and which are simply political propaganda. Remember not all information is created equal. Here are eight easy questions to help you determine whether you are reading a reliable source:

1. What’s the author’s credentials and reputation?

Obviously some people are more qualified than others to inform in an unbiased manner and on specific topics.

2. Is the info associated with a specific publisher or organization?

Many publishers and organizations are openly biased in their information and support one group of facts over another.

3. Does the author state a goal for the publication (to inform, explain, or advocate)?

This can help to weed out opinion from actual fact.

Continue reading →

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2013 Cover Contest Winner

flcc_fingercover-copy (1)Check out the 2013 cover of The Finger! 

We received many beautiful cover ideas, but this image stood out among the rest. We are incredibly proud to announce our very first International cover artist: Francesco Orazzini of the Tuscany Region, Italy . Congratulations to Francesco for winning our 2013 Cover Contest with this incredible image!

Do you think you have what it takes to make our cover? Or perhaps you would like to make some money with your writing…

Check out our Contest Page in January for all future contests!


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An Issue Worth Discussing

Check out the new “issue worth discussing” in our Community tab. Leave a comment and start the ball rolling on our discussion!

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Contests 2013!

Do you like being paid to write? Check out our Contest Page HERE and win great prizes!

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2013 is upon us, which means it’s time to submit your work for publication in The Finger! Click Here to get started.

Submission deadline:  March 15, 2013

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