On Oct. 20, 2014, an event took place at the Lower Dansbury building of East Stroudsburg University (ESU), coordinated by Regan Hoerl, Editor-in-Chief of ESU’s “Calliope,” and Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Laconic magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Nathan Decker.
Nine members of The Laconic staff separated into two groups and visited ESU on this social poetic trip. The students of NCC were warmly welcomed by the ESU students and the advisor. Everyone was gathered in the Lower Dansbury building for personal and informal readings of selected collections of their interest.
“Tarzan,” was the first poem read and written by Katelin Delano from “Calliope” 2014 edition.
Houston Herman, a Laconic member, recited “Hey You” and “Regret to Inform.” Other members from this club who read poems include: Leslie Moser, Nate Decker, Christopher Lordi, and Nathan Greene.
Michael Pogach, faculty advisor of The Laconic and Assitant Professor of English, described that the ultimate goal of The Laconic is to review entries of poems, artwork, and short stories in order to publish them. The first year he started working, he created a vision starting with his own students which has “gotten bigger and better every semester.” In fact, this semester was by far the largest group.
The Laconic accepts submissions from any current or former students as well as faculty members.
“What makes into the magazine is wholly depended on the student staff. The flavor of the issue is going to be different depending on the students. It’s really the tastes of the members,” Pogach acknowledged.
As long as the student provides their name and email to prove they are a member of NCC they are welcome to submit art. In order to offer public recognition and prizes for best nomination, the student’s name should not be anonymous.
The deadline for this Fall issue was Oct. 3, but the Spring issue due date is Feb. 27.
“We tend to get really great feedback from people who are excited and can’t wait for it to come out,” Pogach explained.
Want to add your flavor to the literary magazine? Those interested in submitting their original poetry, prose, or photos of artwork, please contact “Laconic” email LaconicNCC@nullgmail.com. Meetings are held every other Thursday in Penn Hall 210 at 11:00 AM every other Thursday. Follow The Laconic on twitter @NCC Laconic.