Following a busy fall semester of collecting submissions and an even busier spring semester of finalizing the details of publication, the staff of the George Street Carnival (GSC), MU’s literary and visual arts magazine, is ready to unveil its 2014 edition in a release party on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Ford Atrium in McComsey Hall. The MU community is invited to come share in the festivities and pick up a copy of the literary magazine.
It’s the culmination of months of work: jump-starting interest in the publication; fundraising; reading, scoring, and selecting works for the journal; editing, and designing the cover and layout in a PDF that will become the free magazine.
“The fall semester is making sure you get the word out, encouraging writers to get their submissions in and doing a few fundraisers. Over winter break, submissions are anonymously scored. The spring semester moves fast; we must come together to discuss what the scores mean and which stories or poems are getting in. Everybody on staff is busy in the spring,” said Christian Stock, George Street Carnival’s executive editor.
A junior majoring in English education at Millersville, Stock worked as a mentee to the previous executive editor, Tyler Barton, for two years before taking the reins. The history of the magazine, he points out, is intriguing. “It has been at the University since as far back as the 60s. It had gone defunct and was recently (in the last two years) brought back. I hope to see it continue. I hope that people see it the way I did when I came to Millersville and want to make sure that it continues.”
Rose Chiango, an English major at MU who graduated in 2013, was the treasurer at GSC for its 2012 publication revival year. She still contributes her time and energy in keeping the magazine a vital part of Millersville’s present and future. “A group of enterprising students brought back the magazine in 2010. We hope to keep the momentum going, so that the magazine does not become defunct [once more],” she said.
“We provide an outlet for student work that does not exist anywhere else on campus. I hope that the GSC can grow and become a larger part of campus life. I want students to view it as a place where they can artistically express themselves,” Chiango added.
GSC features the short prose, poetry, stylistic non-fiction, painting, drawing and digital designs of MU students, faculty and alumni. Although the majority of submissions come from current or former students, the magazine has had its share of work from MU faculty.
“I’m always thrilled to see the work of a professor. It’s really encouraging to know that your professors are writing creatively,” Stock said.
“Faculty entries have been accepted into the magazine almost every year, but anyone who is a part of the Millersville University community is welcome to submit. We definitely need more art submissions and short stories,” Chiango said. She is looking forward to receiving a new round of MU works next fall semester.
The George Street Carnival welcomes students who would like to share in keeping a Millersville tradition alive. Stock views the publication as a positive contribution to the campus. “I think it gets people in touch with what their peers are going through, or from a creative standpoint, what their peers can do.”
Anyone interested in becoming a GSC staff member is invited to join the team. “We’re always looking for more people who want to gain experience in publishing. Put the word out! It’s a free experience that anyone can put on his or her resume,” Stock said.
The George Street Carnival holds its weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the Chryst Computer Lab, Room 108.