From the Ventura County Star (Camarillo, CA):
In an age of Twitter, texting and instant messages, colleges are still producing literary magazines â€” collections of poetry, short stories and art meant to savor.And California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks has an award-winning one. CLUâ€™s literary and visual arts magazine, Morning Glory, recently received the prestigious Magazine Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press.
College literary magazines allow students to read their classmatesâ€™ works, which generally reflect their own sensibilities and sentiments, said Joan Wines, an English professor at CLU and adviser to Morning Glory for about a dozen years. Theyâ€™re also an antidote to the Internet, she said.
â€œPeople are drawn to whatâ€™s online, but itâ€™s so important for students to have contact with print texts,â€ Wines said. â€œYou canâ€™t click out of it.â€
In other words, a literary magazine is not a transitory nugget of news, itâ€™s a work of art, said Gina Franco, an English professor at Knox College in Illinois and adviser to Catch magazine, a consistent award-winner.
â€œWeâ€™re looking at an art object that will be in peopleâ€™s hands,â€ Franco said. â€œIt should feel good, it should smell good. Itâ€™s four-dimensional. Itâ€™s beautiful in its own right.â€