Expression is Key

Since we have been spending a lot of class time lately talking about graduate degrees, I decided to profile a literary magazine from a University of our discussion: Pace. Pace University has a student-run literary journal titled, “Vox Arts and Literary Magazine.” Based on the information provided on their website, I was able to gather that Vox accepts submissions of quality poetry, fiction, non-fiction, artwork and photography. However, it is interesting to note that Vox accepts work from any Pace University student, as well as faculty, staff member or alumni. By doing so, Vox is able to have a wide variety of submissions in their issues. Furthermore, it allows everyone on campus to join in and submit, as opposed to just the students, like many undergraduate literary magazines.

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Although there is no mission statement upon first glance, I was able to find a general idea on a different Pace University website. The website stated, The mission of Vox Arts and Literary Magazine is to allow students, faculty and alumni of the Pace University Pleasantville campus to publish their original fiction, prose, poetry, artwork and photography. Vox means voice in Latin, and the magazine provides a medium through which students can creatively express themselves and “free their voices.” I really like this mission statement because although it is a tad broad, it encourages students to express themselves no matter what, an idea that we have also read in a few of our class readings, too. An example of this would be Ezra Pound’s, “Small Magazines.” In that essay, Pound discusses the importance of magazines clearly expressing themselves as a means to provoke thought among readers, which is what I believe Vox is trying to do with their mission statement as well. Moreover, their tagline, “free your voice” can also be compared to our very own GLR’s “We’re nice people,” as they are both featured on most current and past issues published.

Browsing through some of their issues, it seems as though voxcover2015-2.jpgsome issues have themes, while others do not. It would be interesting to talk to an editor of the magazine to ask them how they choose their themes and when they are going to have one vs. when they are not. Although this magazine does not seem to be completely consistent, not just with themes but also logos (Vox’s is some type of bird, I believe) and taglines too, it appears as though that they are doing an outstanding job at allowing members of Pace University to free their voice.

Kendall Richer

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  1. You’ve made some interesting connections between our work with grad schools, literary magazines, and reading assignments. You could expand by noting what a couple of the themes Vox has used used are, and by discussing a particular piece in Vox that stood out to you. How would you describe the aesthetic of the journal? What (if anything) does this tell you about writing at Pace? You might also email one of the editors to ask them about those themed issues.

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