On Thursday, Miscellany, the College’s student run literary and art journal, unveiled its 2015 issue. Marking the 35th annual release, the publication continues to pride itself on tolerance and integrity, working to promote the literary and visual art of the College’s undergraduate students.
Fitting the theme of art excellence, students, staff, faculty and the general public gathered in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on campus to indulge not only in decadent hors d’oeuvres, but in stylistic poetry, prose and captivating short stories. Highlighting some of the College’s top writers and artists, the journal’s creative contributors presented excerpts of their newly published works during the celebration. In conjunction with the Young Contemporaries exhibition, showcasing the best of student art, currently on display at the Halsey, the Miscellany launch did well to promote the many artistic gems around campus.
One of those gems, McKayla Conahan, a sophomore at the College, expressed how wonderful it is to be published in the literary journal and encourages everyone to submit their work at some point. “You never know where you’ll find great talent sleeping,” she said. With three pieces published in Miscellany, Conahan is no stranger to the poetic word, she said, “What I feel makes the most powerful poetry, especially from the poems I’ve read and written, are a keen ear toward language, including the cadence of the poetic line and the discipline to make every word count, a foundation of honesty through what is said but also how it is said, and a strongly associative flow.” Conahan believes that no matter your major or academic interests, with a little passion, anyone can tap into their creative side and produce a work of art. “There’s no end to the possible combination of passions that might include some unknown artistic drive.”
Someone familiar with this passion for literary art is Miscellany’s Editor-In-Chief, Dylan Hopper. The English major said her love for writing has presented many interesting and unexpected opportunities, including her current position at Miscellany.
“Unlike most decisions in life, my choice to become a part of the College of Charleston’s Literary and Art Journal was not like standing at the convergence of a yellow wood, but rather similar to falling headfirst into a rabbit hole. I can honestly say that was the best literal and metaphoric Fall (2013) I have taken at the College thus far.”
After being a part of the volunteer staff of students working on the journal, Hopper’s enthusiasm and tenacity landed her the position of Assistant Editor. Hopper admits, “after my first few days as Assistant Editor, the overwhelming feeling of being like Alice in an exciting, but new and therefore largely unknown, Wonderland faded into comfort and confidence in my position of work.”
Now as the Editor-In-Chief, Hopper says there is a renewed sense of purpose in her position and involvement in the literary and art journal. Under her guidance, the student run publication has expanded its connections with the campus through events such as open mics and continuous posting on Miscellany‘s blog.
Last year Miscellany placed Gold at Columbia’s Scholastic Press Competition, recognizing the publication as one of the top college literary journals in the country.
Miscellany is not just a literary and art journal, it is a moment of exposure for students at the College. Showcasing literary adoration, artistic skills and hardworking dedication not only on its staff, but in the young creators themselves, Miscellany allows anyone to be recognized for their passion.
Hopper concluded, “Miscellany seems to be a growing success, and I’m really excited to see what new artists and writers arise in the next year to be published in 2016.”