Starting this week, students and staff of the Graceland community can purchase the second volume of the student-led literary magazine, The Vespiary. Many on campus have never heard of this publication because the magazine just began last year when Brandon Gates created the inaugural issue as part of his Senior English project. This year, Mariah Kliegl and Jacob Boles are the editors of the publication, and have worked all semester putting together the second volume and raising campus recognition. Editor Mariah Kliegl says, “It’s been hard because not a lot of people know about the Vespiary, but we have worked this year to increase it’s popularity and get students to submit creative work.”
Editors faced another big setback when there was a publishing issue, but Kliegl and Boles have overcome these obstacles and produced a beautiful magazine right in time for the end of the year. The Vespiary’s faculty adviser, Isaac Pressnell, describes how hard everyone involved has worked to make the publication continuous. He says students should pick up a copy because “it’s filled with fantastic creative writing by their peers, and readers can see a different side of people they know that they would not expect.”
A new component of the magazine this year are the short film submissions. Coming soon is a Vespiary YouTube channel featuring creative films by Graceland students.
The Vespiary is an important addition to the Graceland community because, according to Pressnell, “It gives students a creative outlet, experience in putting together a publication, and provides the campus with creative work.” Kliegl agrees. “There’s work from students and staff that really embodies the Graceland community and our talents,” she says. Kliegl says this publication is different from other forms of journalism on campus because “this is mostly creative work and personal writing, so even the essays are different from what you’d expect in a scholarly paper. The subject matter is more visceral.” The magazine also contains a variety of writing, including poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, a script, and a comic.
The literary magazine comes out on Tuesday, May 5 at a launch party in Carol Hall in the Shaw Center at 7:30. Not only will party attendees get to buy the magazine, but they will listen to readings in this year’s edition read by the authors themselves. There will also be refreshments and musical performances.
At the party, attendees can buy The Vespiary for $5 for students and $10 for non-students. In addition, party goers can pick up last year’s edition for only five dollars for everyone. If you can’t make the party, you can still buy a copy by emailing email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
The magazine’s creative writers include Jacob Boles, Avery Danielson, Antonia Davidson, Mariah Kliegl, Kate Lysinger, Matthew Moore, Catelin Persall, Kirk Peterson, Dylan Pitt, Isaac Pressnell, Jonathan Starr, and Laryssa Vachon. Be sure to attend the launch party on May 5th to support these creative Graceland authors!