Posted by Paul Baker on February 16, 2017
NOLOS isn’t just for English majors anymore, according to Sandra Marchetti, advisor to the Aurora University student-run literary journal. In fact, under her direction over the past year and a half, NOLOS has taken a variety of steps to diversify both its contributor base and its staff.
This semester, for example, Marchetti has started a creative writing workshop — the first associated with NOLOS — that attracts a half-dozen or so budding authors to its monthly sessions.
The workshops provide writers the opportunity to share their work with and receive feedback from their peers, Marchetti said. Along the way participants can learn about the publishing process, how to land writing-related internships and much more.
While attendees include some NOLOS staff members, others come from traditionally “nonliterary” majors such as business or the sciences who might not have space in their academic schedule for the formal creative writing classes that the university offers.
“These are people who write on their own, who write for pleasure,” said Marchetti, herself a widely published poet who teaches interdisciplinary studies courses at AU. “We’ve made a special effort to get the word out about NOLOS across campus to everyone.”
And it seems to be working. This year’s editor-in-chief is a biology major, she noted. “Our writers include commuters and some students who may have written a little poetry in high school and wanted to get back into it again. We also have a few faculty members on the roster of contributors.”
According to Marchetti, NOLOS this semester has 10 core editorial staff members and another 20 student volunteers who read and evaluate submissions. Pam Wicks, assistant professor of communication, oversees design and layout of the publication.
New this year too is the addition of an art editor and an emphasis on featuring visual art in the magazine. Students even curated a NOLOS art exhibit in Phillips Library as a run-up to last semester’s publishing date.
For more information about NOLOS, contact Marchetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.