On April 11, members of NCC’s literary magazine hosted a release party for the newest edition of The Laconic.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm for the new issue,” said adviser Michael Pogach.
“Everyone seemed to love it. “
Among the entries, the staff chose two entries to be named Student Submission Contest
winners, one for literature and one for art.
“Both [winners] gave us some great work. It was one of the most difficult choices the
staff has ever had to choose a winner,” Pogach said “Usually, it’s a pretty quick vote. This was
like an hour long debate. It was awesome.”
“There were so many to choose from. The two winners survived the gantlet of voting and
I’m thrilled with the quality of the magazine.”
Pogach also offered insight in to some of the difficulties the staff faced while compiling
this issue of the magazine.
“This was not an easy year. This was only the second time we’ve done a complete turn
over on the staff. We had an entirely new staff – which isn’t easy. They really did great. They let
me do less work, which was awesome. I’m always in favor of that.”
After working with his photo for an hour and a half, photographer and Media Production
major Joel Todero secured the art category award for his photograph titled “Trailing.”
“I think photography is really cool because everybody can go about it in their very own
way,” he said. “Anything I put out there, I’ve thought about a lot. I’ll take a thousand pictures
and there will be three that I feel are ok. I’m specific about it.”
Todero started taking photos last summer and now tours with bands, such as Dollys and
Psychology major Hailey Carson won the literary award with her poem “3:00 AM”
which she read at the Laconic’s open mic.
“The open mic was the actually the first time I’ve performed my poetry in public,” she
said. “I was always kind of nervous about putting my poetry into the Laconic, because if you
read it, it’s personal. Everything I’ve written about is true and personal about my life. To publish
that is nerve-wracking because you don’t know what the response will be.”
Despite Carson’s nervousness leading up to her reading, the performance helped her
understand an aspect of writing poetry.
“It was awesome to see so many people relate to it and know they’re not alone. That’s
why I’m a Psych major. I want to help people thrive from what they’re going through.”
Carson also said that her writing has come a long way over time.
“Honestly, I will say my poems from back then were kind of like really depressing Dr.
Seuss poems. They were rhymed a lot. They were so cliché. They were just awful.”
There is a closeness to Carson’s writing as well.
“Everything I write about is really personal. Sometimes, people will ask me, ‘Did that
really happen?’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ It’s nice to write poems about things that never happened
or make up fiction, but it comes from a different place if you’re writing about things you’ve went
Carson also gave advice on writing poetry.
“My advice is to write real and raw poems to get them out there. It’s therapeutic and you
don’t know the impact it’s going to have on someone else. I’d tell people – jump for it and not
worry what other people have to say – as long as you’re emotionally ready for it. I definitely
think they should take that step because I’m really happy