By August Garrity
Every year, Creative Writing publishes a literary magazine filled with the very best work from the department. The Creative Writing seniors decide a theme, as well as compile and edit the Litmag throughout the year. They complete the magazine as the school year comes to a close.
The Creative Writing Class of 2019 leads the project, and recently finished their seventh round of submissions and edits. The magazine is headed by Kiersten Burdge, the resident Editor in Chief, who is tasked with leading the Litmag from its infancy to its final publication.
“[I was] very happy with the first round of submissions, and can't wait for all the great work we’ll get to see throughout the year,” she said.
Second in command is Alfonso Reyes, the Managing Editor, who is particularly excited about this year’s small staff, saying “I think it gives us an opportunity to really have fun with it and make it our own.”
The rest of the Creative Writing class then takes up more specialized roles in editing. There are three different submission categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Stage & Screen, which correspond to the focuses of the first, second, and third year classes. Each of these categories has their own editors, who review submissions and give feedback.
Sarah Calogero - Poetry Editor
Norman Torres - Poetry Editor
Jude Ulibarri - Fiction Editor
August Garrity - Stage & Screen Editor
Creative Writing’s Seniors have yet again embarked on the difficult journey that is compiling a Literary Magazine. It becomes available for purchase May of 2019 at various NESA shows.
Here is an excerpt from a screenplay featured in the Litmag last year titled The Danger of Hiking, by August “JJ” Garrity:
1 EXT. TRAIL - DAY 1
DEAN, an outdoor enthusiast in his mid 20s with a remarkable pain tolerance, is trudging along a steep, narrow, and treacherous hiking trail with a large backpack on.
DAISY, a (20s) strong woman who is always sarcastic, is walking the opposite direction with a backpack that’s just as big. As they pass each other, Dean slips and topples on top of a few rocks, letting out a scream.
(looking back, surprised) What did you do?
(cradling his leg, in pain) I think I broke my leg.
Why did you do that?
Why did you break your leg?
(confused) I slipped!
Did you want me to talk to you that bad?
(putting his hands over his face) Call someone. (groaning in pain) I think it’s broken.
Where’s your phone?
I don’t have a phone.
(putting her hands up) Well I don’t either!
Why don’t you have a phone?
(defensive) Why don’t you?
Why would I need a phone while I’m hiking?
In case you break your leg maybe?
(exasperated) I figured someone else would have one!
(snarky) That’s not very smart, is it!