Annual Book Release Gala 2018

Maya Literary Magazine is pleased to announce that this year’s Book Release Gala will be held in the Atrium of the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 7:00-10:00 PM. We are incredibly proud to share our 51st consecutive annual publication with the Drexel community and excited to say that this year marks our largest publication to date! Maya 2018 features 70 individuals who contributed their art, poetry, fiction, and/or non-fiction to this beautiful book, and we cannot wait to celebrate their talent and creativity with all of you at this year’s Gala.

The Annual Book Release Gala is held every year to celebrate our contributors’ talent and published works, but also marks our largest fundraiser of the year. Maya strives to provide copies of our yearly publication to any interested Drexel community members at no cost – we believe in doing all we can to foster a sense of artistic freedom and creative expression on this campus, and that includes creating a welcoming and inclusive community for all Drexel affiliates. Making this dream a reality is a task we struggle to finance every year, and our Gala allows us to fundraise for the following year. In this spirit, we will be hosting a raffle at the Gala consisting of donated merchandise and gift-cards from local businesses in West Philadelphia! The raffle is always a fun portion of our annual Gala and we ask that if you wish to participate, you come to the gala with some spare cash. Additionally, this year we will be selling Maya t-shirts at the event for $15 each, and extra books will be made available to any attendees who would like additional copies for a pay-what-you-wish donation.

The 2018 Book Release Gala will feature a catered dinner with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. We will also be having drinks and dessert, but this year we will not be hosting a cash bar. If you have dietary concerns, please feel free to reach out to our executive staff via The dress code for the event is semi-formal to formal, and there will be a photographer present at the event to capture the magic of the evening.

We request that you please reserve your tickets before the event – any requests for last minute tickets will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Tickets reserved in advance of Monday, April 30th, will be at a lower, discounted “Early Bird” Price. All ticket sales will close Monday, May 7th, at midnight. All Gala attendees MUST reserve a ticket! Tickets are free for our accepted contributors, but you still must reserve a space at the Gala for catering estimates. Tickets can be reserved online at If you have any concerns, please feel free to email us. All are welcome to attend the Gala and there is a reduced price for students! Feel free to bring friends and family with you to celebrate our 51st year!

Again, we look forward to your attendance at our 2018 Book Release Gala! This yearly event is always incredibly inspiring and entertaining, and we look forward to meeting all of our contributors!

Whatever your reason, we want to read it.