Creativity Flourishes in Literary Magazine

Mrs. Audrey Griess, an English teacher in her third year at the high school, loves creative writing. She studied it in college and has even submitted some of her own work for publication. Those who share a similar passion now have an outlet to express themselves: The Blue Review, an online literary magazine open to the entire student body.

The newest club at the high school, The Blue Review prepared for its first edition by inviting students to submit creative work (in any art form) by October 31.  Entries ranged from drawings to poems, which supports the magazine’s goal to encompasses as many forms of creativity as possible.

The magazine’s title, The Blue Review, was created by senior Brandon Beebe. It differs than previous forms of the literary magazine that the school was produced because it will be entirely online. It will be uploaded as a pdf document, and the magazine will be accessible from the district website.

Griess is excited about the club and the magazine. She enjoyed being a part of a literary magazine when she was in high school, and she wants every student to have that same opportunity.

“Seeing your creative work in print, provides students with a feeling of great accomplishment,” she said.

The editorial staff of the magazine met on November 13 to discuss the layout and how to organize submissions. Every submitted work was checked for grammar and had to be deemed appropriate for school publication.

Five upperclassmen in Greiss’s Creative Writing/Public Speaking classes comprise the staff. Senior Kianna Hicks, an editor for the magazine, submitted a drawing.

“I joined the literary magazine because I thought it would look good for college, and I like how it actively showcases all forms of art,” Hicks said. She also contributed to the layout of the magazine.

Senior Sam Bucciarelli, another editor of the magazine, was also excited about working until its first release.  Although she joined because she enjoys both reading and writing poetry, there were other things that motivated the decision.

“I joined because I enjoy reading the submissions, and also receiving constructive criticism on my own work,” she said. .

The club plans to publish at least two editions of the magazine, with its the first release planned for after winter break.