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A New Carillon On Campus

Berea College’s newest publication, Carillon, is fresh off the press and available to literature lovers.

Carillon's editorial board: Campbell, Smith, Weaver and Adams (l-r).

Invented, juried, edited and published by students, Carillon is 52 glossy pages full of poems, prose and artwork. An editorial staff of four Learning Center consultants chose the contents from approximately 200 worthy entries.

“We were looking for works … that were of excellent quality and which reflected the artistic diversity of the Berea college community,” says senior Jean Smith, an editor. “Although we did not have specific criteria, we tended to go with works in which the author's voice rang out clearly. We had to make some very tough decisions since space was very tight.”

The editors worked tirelessly to select the strongest works, fighting for their favorite pieces and choosing the ones that exhibited “a high caliber of creativity as well as skill,” says Editor Rachel Weaver. The staff then shifted gears to become publishers and pieced together the magazine’s layout in InDesign before shipping it off to Dundons Press in Irvine, Ky.

Vicky Hayes, program assistant at the Learning Center, supervised the publication process. “My role was to be there whenever anyone had questions, but my main role was not to impose my vision of what a literary magazine should be,” she says. “It was entirely driven by the editorial board.”

Learning Center Coordinator Megan Hoffman provided creative as well as financial support. “I encouraged the students who were interested in pursuing the project,” she states. “I’m also in control of the Center's purse-strings, so I approved the pricier printing and other expenses associated with the magazine.

While the Learning Center has produced other creative publications in the past, Carillon is unique. “Carillon is a student-juried college literary magazine,” explains Editor-in-Chief Robert Campbell. “Most colleges have them. At Berea, however, we have always had ‘semi-juried’ literary magazines, meaning the editors published anything that wasn't offensive. As a result, the publication was huge … and it didn't have a wide readership. Carillon is unique at Berea because the editors are focused on providing opportunity for publication and producing an enjoyable magazine for our readers.”

Editor Michael Adams is proud of the final product. “It was really stunning how much great writing and art people on campus produced,” he comments. “You don’t usually think of Berea as a literary community. What we came up with was impressive.”

Carillon, I believe, is a fantastic reflection of the creative prowess of the Berea College faculty and student body,” adds Weaver. “I think we really needed something like this to represent the campus.”

Carillon will continue to represent Berea as the editorial staff plans for next year’s publication, which they hope will expand to include the work of many more talented writers and artists. Currently, Carillon is on display at the Learning Center in Draper and is available for purchase at the College Bookstore as well as sQecial Media in Lexington and Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville.

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