Culture shock! NCC’s fine art magazine surges on campus
The latest issue of NCC’s premier literary magazine, that provides an open platform for the student body to express itself through art and poetry, hit the stands across campus.
“The Laconic would not be possible without the support of everyone here, of all the artists here, of all the writers here and of all of the lit fanatics here,” said The Laconic’s editor, Sarah Tyler, a second-year Meeting and Event Planning major.
“People here love art, they love contributing to it and they love partaking in it. If you’re thinking of contributing to it, don’t hesitate. We always need more writing; we always need more art,” Tyler said.
The Laconic’s roots may be in literature, but the magazine also features visual arts such as photography, drawing and painting.
“We definitely do need more art. I think part of it is people not being aware that we do take visually artistic submissions.” she said.
The Laconic has also planned to hold writing workshops to help students develop their literary skills.
“We hope to do more writing workshops that will encourage people, who aren’t so confident in their writing, to come into the workshop to work with us and then submit a story or a poem,” Tyler said.
“I hope the writing workshops would be made up of some free writes to get ideas flowing and to get words on the page. Because sometimes, that’s where people get stuck, and then also a communal sharing of your work, so that people can give you honest feedback in an open forum.”
“I think that [workshops] are always helpful, especially for people who maybe are a little shyer about their writing,” she said.
The Laconic faced a content shortage during its publishing process.
“This semester we almost didn’t have enough [content]. I think that was because my staff was being a bit choosier in their content choices and their votes. That’s not always a bad thing.” Tyler said, “That means they’re looking to put out a quality magazine.”
The Laconic’s staff serves an integral role in the magazine’s publication.
“I think my staff is great. I’m so excited to work with the core people I’m working with,” she said, “Every member of my team adds something so important to our group and collectively I’m happy with the people I have.”
The Laconic’s adviser, Michael Pogach, also contributes to the magazine’s success.
“I think it’s important that he started this magazine and continues to run it, because if he didn’t want to do this anymore and gave it up and a new person took over, we would be severely lacking without that guidance,” Tyler said.
“He knows how to put out a good magazine, he knows what goes on behind the scenes, he knows the right people to talk to if there’s a problem.… He’s vital to our success.”
The Laconic operates mainly on funds it raises from bake sales, donations from open mics and T-shirt and sweatshirt sales.
The magazine’s publishing process involves club members voting on submissions, as well as voting for the winners of the best visual art and literary submissions categories. Authors and artists are kept anonymous during the voting process to ensure impartiality.
“We’re always open to people of all denominations, people of all backgrounds and we love to hear feedback and new ideas or suggestions,” Tyler said, “And we love to read your work, we love to discuss your work and we want to do more of that. I think the campus as a whole is what makes the magazine a success.”