Tentatively starting next semester, an exciting outlet for students to share their creativity will return to Carroll. An online literary magazine titled “Bittersweet” will contain writing and other art forms from many talented creators.
“[I hope the magazine will be] a place for all types of art to be appreciated,” said Claire Wink, founder of the new publication, in a phone interview. Wink decided to take on the venture of reinstating a literary magazine at Carroll after hearing her creative writing professor, Dr. Jody Nusholtz, discuss the school’s old magazine. “I loved the idea so much […] I knew we had to bring it back,” said Wink. When the magazine begins, Nusholtz will serve as the advisor.
The original literary magazine of the same title disbanded because of hypercriticism and disagreement among the staff. “The power kind of went to the editors’ heads,” said Nusholtz.
Since then, several students have attempted to restart the magazine to no avail. The lack of success is mainly due to unawareness of the challenges and commitment involved in bringing back the publication. However, Wink remains optimistic that things will go smoothly this time around. “I have a great support in the creative writers here at Carroll [and] we can make it happen,” she said.
Wink hopes that the magazine will have a relaxed atmosphere where students can produce work that they are proud of without being under excessive pressure. Unlike the original print publication, the new “Bittersweet” will be completely online and therefore able to display a larger amount of content with more lenient deadlines. However, there will still be a formal process for submitting and reviewing material so that the best content can be published. A juried publication encourages students to work harder on their submissions and feel a greater sense of accomplishment when they are published, explained Nusholtz.
Nusholtz will assist the new staff when needed and sit in on the first few meetings to ensure that things run without conflict. Other than that, the publication will belong entirely to the students. “I will do anything at all to guide students, but I can’t do it for them,” she said.
Wink and Nusholtz are thrilled that “Bittersweet” is coming back, and both agree that it is a needed outlet at Carroll. It will allow students to not only create their own work, but to appreciate the creations of others and grow in camaraderie. “There’s so much talent at Carroll […] it’s important that we all support each other,” said Wink.