Reflections nears a finished literary magazine

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Naomi Kodama

Reflections members work in the journalism classroom to design the pages of the book.

It has been over a year since the literary magazine Reflections program was revamped under English teacher Dan Barnes, and the book is growing closer to completion.

“The rate we are making pages is really good so far. We’ve gotten a lot done from where we came from because in the past we only had like 15 pages. This year I think we have 60,” co-art editor of Reflections and senior Cara Crowley said.

Reflections puts out one book each year filled with short stories, poetry, drawings and photography.

“It’s really fun just to be in there while we are working because it feels like our little group. It’s cool,” writer and senior Katharine Eftink said.

With only around 10 people in the club, Reflections has become a tight-knit group to the writers and artists that attend.

“I really like everyone that I meet at Reflections, and I like to have the ability to see all the art and writing everyone at the school is creating because often times I don’t get to see that unless I’m specifically in an art class or specifically a creative writing class,” Crowley said.

As the process of designing the pages comes to a close, editing and revising the pages to create a more professional looking style becomes the priority.

“I think as long as we have a finished product that we are all proud of, that’s the best goal for us,” Crowley said. “I would just like to see a product that everyone is really proud of. In the past years, it was a final product but it was kind of half-assed.”

Junior Chryssi Magee first joined Reflections freshman year, and this year, she became Editor in Chief.

“I really hope it turns out great, and it looks better than it did when I first started,” Magee said. “Nobody knew what was going on or that we were here. We were kind of a joke. My main goal is for Reflections not to be a joke anymore.”

Magee joined because of her friend pressuring her to share her writing.  

“Immediately, that day, I was just welcomed by everybody and everybody made me feel like I was part of them. That day, I got my first piece published. I think it’s cool that I can just look back forever and see that I got published. Now I’m publishing it myself,” she said.

The club made it a goal to complete the designing process of the book before spring break, and updates on the book’s progress can be found on their Twitter.

“Hopefully, before the end of the school year it will be coming out online,” Magee said.

The book will be available in a print copy around the school, such as the library and in the main office.

“[I love] seeing the students’ work go from just a poem typed in Google to a piece of art to a page in a magazine,” Barnes said. “They become something so much more than just text on a page.”