The Literary Arts Magazine is a student-run publication compiled of literary works from the Anderson University community. Any student, faculty, or staff member is free to submit work, ranging from short stories to artwork with caption and other forms of writing.
“The magazine allows anyone to submit to it. This allows us to share our creativity,” said Tori Allen, senior English major.
Allen has been the editor of the Literary Arts Magazine over the last year. As editor, Allen supervises all the work that goes into the magazine. She is in charge of dividing up what each person works on and making sure they stay on track. Cara Miller, instructor of composition, is the advisor for the group and magazine.
“I give the students a jumpstart at the beginning of the year to get them started,” said Miller. “After the editor takes over, I am really hands-off. The students take over everything from there.”
Aspects of the Literary Arts Magazine are divided into positions for students. For example, there is a design and layout position, which allows a student to use his or her creative skills to style the magazine and build experience.
“Being a staff member, any position has its own set of rules and set of jobs. The position challenges you to work in a group. In the real world, especially if going into publishing, people are expected to work in teams,” said Allen. “Teamwork is very important.”
The publication builds students’ knowledge and experience of how publishing works, and prepares them for internships and careers.
“If students want to do anything related to publishing, writing and working for the Literary Arts Magazine gives them hands-on opportunities, including choosing texts for the magazines as well as managing a budget,” said Miller.
For Allen, the opportunity to work on the magazine has been challenging and demanding, but also enjoyable.
“The Literary Arts Magazine is a great source of pride for me," said Allen. "It is one thing I can take from AU besides my diploma. ... And the skills I developed from this I can use to carry into a future career."
— Leah Streeval is a junior from Edinburgh, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in entrepreneurship. Streeval is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.