Twyckenham Notes is an online literary magazine based out of South Bend, Indiana. Founded in early 2017 by Editor-in-chief Austin Veldman, TN publishes unsolicited and solicited poetry and artwork quarterly.
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Growing up in South Bend in the early 2000’s, the prevalent attitude of the town’s youth was not lost on me: I wanted to leave as soon as I could. The common words among most were “there is nothing to do here”. And I think, to a degree, we were right.
South Bend is a town with its own history of ups and downs. Located on the ‘south bend’ of the St. Joseph River, our city enjoyed a generous period of growth that was spurred by the rise of the automobile maker Studebaker. With the closing of Studebaker plants in 1963, the manufacturing jobs left. South Bend effectively collapsed, its population shrinking. The South Bend that I grew up in was still very much suffering under the weight of this economic slump.
The South Bend of today is very different.
In the last five years, it feels as if the city has finally begun to reinvent itself. There are small cafes like The General and Chicory hosting music and events. Vegetable Buddies has resurrected, sticking to its roots of jazz and blues that made it famous nationwide. Breweries are popping up; Crooked Ewe, Barehands, South Bend Brew Works, & Evil Czech. And then there is Langlab, a converted industrial building that now houses an art gallery, a bar, Zen Cafe, and holds music and other miscellaneous events. Singer-songwriters and bands are playing in the city every week. Poetry and literary readings, showcasing both local and outside writers, are commonplace.
South Bend has developed its own undercurrent of culture. I founded Twyckenham Notes in response to what I saw in my city; a reemergence, the founding of a new identity. I wanted to add something to the mix, to be a part of this transformation. I hope you submit some of your own work to the magazine and if not, I hope you stay long enough to see what comes next.
Thanks for reading.