Taking Literary Magazine from the Fringe to the Mainstream
“Good luck,” said last year’s Literary Magazine editor Jessica Betaharon.
The 2010-2011 school year was coming to a close and it was time once again to seek out a new group of editors. Naomi Ehrenkranz ‘13, Shoshana Rubinoff ‘12, Eliora Katz ‘12, and AriellaIsrael’12 had all put in requests to be editors the next year. They knew that for the Literary Magazine to thrive in the 2011-2012 school year it would take more than just a competent set of editors. The editors faced a real challenge: they needed to make sure the magazine could quickly gain favor in the eyes of the student body.
The 2010-2011 Magazine was full of powerful photography, art, and poetry related to the 2010 Mission to Israel. Unfortunately, the upper school does not go on such an inspiring trip every year, so to fill up the 2011-2012 Literary Magazine, the editors would have to find other sources of inspiration.
To do this, the Magazine would have to be well-organized and well-planned. Meetings have become a crucial part of its compilation as the staff works assiduously to brainstorm and craft different pieces for submission. The new style of meetings is encouraging discussion amongst the writers, editors, and the staff advisor, Mr. Benjamin Foote.
This year’s theme is “Relationships”, deliberately chosen for its depth and breadth. So far, the writing prompts have been about relationships between humans and God and humans and objects. The editors are currently working on prompts that deal with individual and family relationships, as well as human to human relationships.
The lifeblood of the Literary Magazine has always been, and continues to be, the students. If students cannot be reached to contribute, then the magazine cannot be produced. This year’s meetings have drawn an unprecedented number of students and possible submissions.
In past years, Literary Magazine simply hasn’t been as popular. Editors would have to actively seek submissions and it was difficult convince people to attend the meetings. Even though the editors may, at times, personally invite people to attend the meetings, most who come enjoy the meetings and return for follow-up meetings.
So how have the meetings grown from zero participants to nearly 30? Maybe it has been the advertising, or perhaps it has been the new students that have shown interest in both writing and art. Maybe students attend in order to formulate ideas and discuss topics of interest with their friends and classmates. Perhaps they simply have a desire to advance the arts even further.
No matter the reason, the Literary Magazine community should continue to grow in years to come and serve as a place for meaningful discussions.
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