From Issue #1:

What is a Cypress Dome?

A Cypress Dome garners its name from the dome-like appearance it has when viewed in a flat landscape. It is comprised of several kinds of trees, such as Gum, Dahoon Holly, Wax Myrgle, and, of course, Cypress. A Cypress Dome is a nutrient rich environment that provides a critical breeding habitat for such animals as Gopher and Tree frogs, Common and Oak toads, and Great-crested Flycatchers. One such Cypress Dome is part of UCF’s Arboretum…

The Cypress Dome Society is the University of Central Florida’s undergraduate literary organization. It is named after a feature of the landscape on the UCF campus. Bald cypress trees often grow in nearly perfect circles, or domes, with the larger trees in the middle where the deepest water of a swamp is, and the smaller trees surrounding the center ones. Our organization’s name is derived from these mysterious and beautiful natural features of the Florida landscape.

The Cypress Dome Society fosters the creative community on campus through events and our annual publication, The Cypress Dome literary and visual arts magazine. We are a university-approved student organization dedicated to fostering the literary arts at UCF and promoting a sense of community among writers and artists.

We are focused on an increasing array of activities, including the new First Draft writing club, as well as our traditional Writers in the Sun visiting author series and The Cypress Dome magazine.

Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, and visual art may be submitted in the fall term, according to submission guidelines distributed each fall, to be considered for publication in the annual issue published each spring. Founded in 1989, The Cypress Dome received the Associated Writing Programs Directors’ Award for exceptional content in 1995.

With its 2014 issue, The Cypress Dome celebrated twenty-five years of existence as a collection of finest literary and visual work created by UCF students. Our future goal is to continue publishing high quality submissions while encouraging students from all majors, backgrounds, and areas of interest to submit their writing, so that we can create the most diverse, original, captivating collection of student literary work to be found.