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"Polaris" reveals 2016-17 edition


ONU's "Polaris Literary Magazine" revealed its 2016-17 edition at a release party at El Campo Mexican Restaurant on May 2 (Northern Review photo/Kasy Long).

Ohio Northern University’s Department of English held its annual release party for the 2016-17 edition of the undergraduate magazine of literature and arts, “Polaris,” on Tuesday, May 2 at El Campo Mexican Restaurant in Ada. The party room at the restaurant was crowded with ONU students, professors, and published writers and artists.

The party was composed of readings by published ONU students, editors explaining the work involved during the production process for the magazine, and socialization.

Since its founding in 1958, the magazine has been a student-run organization highlighting the work of undergraduate students at ONU and those around the world. The magazine combines unique stories ranging in genres from poetry, art, creative nonfiction, and fiction.

For those who aren’t familiar with the literary magazine, it’s key to understand the creative process that goes into producing a magazine. During the fall semester, the editorial staff sets out on a mass hunt, advertising to nearly 300 universities across the nation, petitioning students to submit their work to “Polaris” for further review. Once a work is submitted, the team of editors and staff read the submissions and decide if they like the work enough to include in their genre section.

Then the magic begins. Acceptance letters are sent out to contributors. Contracts are signed. The work is edited and finalized for publication.

This year’s publication delivers a strong array of bright, powerful voices which editors hope will encourage readers to craft and shape their own creative voices. Within this year’s collection of diverse voices, common themes occur, including observation, and various images like honey, fire, fish hooks, and outer space.

Senior creative writing and literature student, and “Polaris” Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Cruea comments in her editorial note in the magazine, “It was an honor to become more intimate with such quality work, a privilege I will miss after graduation. I hope you’ll see the tender care given to this edition and that you’ll enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

The 2016-17 edition of “Polaris” is available for purchase through the magazine’s website.

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