Literary Magazine releases “Expressions”

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“This year, we made certificates, put the website together, advertised the lit fair website, arranged the scholastic artwork and basically had to hound people for interviews. Normally, in person we would display the writings on different boards, hand out the certificates, play music, greet people, bring food, introduce everyone,” Art Manager junior Catherine Clark said. Clark is seen here working on the design for one of the pages on the website. For the remainder of the semester, the class plans to do workshops on InDesign and prepare for next year. (Photo/Catherine Clark)

The Literary Magazine, “Expressions,” took on a new platform this year, as staff adjusted to changes due to COVID-19. Opting for a website as opposed to the usual magazine structure, this year’s theme was (dis)connected, with photographs and captions evoking the virtual, isolated spirit of quarantine. 

Starting with a homepage with a foreword describing the sentiments regarding the upcoming works, the website breaks down the categories of the winning works into prose, interpretive, poetry and artwork. Viewers can find more specific types of writing within the different categories that separate the types of more general writing. Within these specific subjects, one can choose which winning piece to view, from first to third place. These works come from the Literary Fair and the Scholastic Keys. 

A second semester class, the Literary Magazine class starts planning in September to get messages out to teachers. They also decide on the theme for the Literary Fair beforehand so students can submit the appropriate work. 

Normally, the Literary Magazine staff does both a literary magazine and organizes the Literary Fair; however, they couldn’t do literary fair in person and couldn’t distribute magazines, so the staff combined all of the events to one website. Many accomodations were made to try to replicate the normal events as close as possible. For example, in the library, the writers normally talked about their works for the literary fair, so on the website, there is an interview section and videos of many of the authors reading their works.

Although this has presented some difficulties in this new design, the students have adjusted. “It’s been really weird not going to class and working with everyone like we usually do. But, under the circumstances I feel like we’ve done a great job to make things feel as normal as possible,” Assistant Editor-in-Chief sophomore Nithisha Makesh said. “We didn’t produce a magazine this year and instead made a website, but we dedicated the same amount of time and hard work. Everyone has done an incredible job and the website definitely reflects that.”

Eva, now a senior at American Heritage School, returns to staff as Online Editor-in-Chief and Social Media Correspondent. She enjoys all things literature and mathematics, spending most of her time with her nose in a book or doing math problems. She is an active participant in many school clubs, as president of Black Student Union and Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMs) and vice president of Key Club, armed with a passion for helping others. When she is not studying or promoting the wonderful articles on iPatriotPost, she is at swim practice, volunteering within her community or watching Netflix. She looks forward to making her final year in iPatriotPost as amazing as possible.

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