in its fifth edition
literary magazine grows
The process of compiling Livermore Street, the Antioch student-run literary
and art magazine, can often be a grueling process involving long hours,
plenty of coffee and heated discussions.
Now that the fifth edition of the magazine is on sale, many of the volunteer
staff are breathing a sigh of relief. Two years ago, Livermore Street
did not exist, and only a few writers on campus wished to make something
happen with their work. Today there is a flourishing writing circle at
Antioch College, even as some of the founders of Livermore Street have
During the 2000 fall term, a small group of students and faculty talked
about providing a literary outlet for the Antioch community. Ben Grossberg,
professor of literature and creative writing, and Rachel Moulton, assistant
professor of the academic support center, originally brought the idea
to students. Steve Haldeman, who has since graduated, created the first
issue of Livermore Street in the summer of 2001 as his senior project.
Kristen Muir, who has worked on every issue since the magazine was founded,
said the magazines staff always encounters problems. The voting
process is still a little too arbitrary, she said of the process
of selecting and cutting submissions. It would benefit from some
sort of guidelines so we can know what were looking for in good
writing. Then again, what is good writing? Thats at the heart of
Many senior staff members said artistic differences are a major source
of tension when submissions start to pile up. Yet despite receiving a
record amount of poetry, fiction, photographs and artwork over the last
three months for a total of 200 different submissions the
selection process went comparatively smooth, staffers said.
This term there havent been too many catfights, if you will,
said Anne Townsend, who has worked on Livermore Street since the 2001
The magazines usual publishing schedule begins early in the term
when a staff meeting is organized; tasks are assigned and a call is made
for submissions. Usually a publicity event or two are held to encourage
submissions and awareness. Sometimes the staff holds an open-mike reading
but more often the events appear in the form of the one thing many Antioch
writers know how to do best: throw gigantic parties with literary themes.
Themes over the past year have ranged from Fear and Loathing,
based on the works of journalist and fiction writer Hunter S. Thompson,
to The Great Gatsby. People are expected to dress in accordance
with the theme, buy poetry produced on a typewriter there on the spot
and submit their art and literature.
Finally, when the parties are over and stacks of submissions sit on the
editors desks, a selection committee begins sorting through every
piece of work. Each piece is reviewed, assigned a rank and then submitted
back to the committee. This is where the long hours and coffee come into
Theres usually a three-week period where were frantically
reading submissions, proofreading and laying it all out, said Townsend.
Most of the students who worked on the first issue of Livermore Street
have recently graduated. Only Muir, a fourth-year student who also co-edits
the Antioch Record, Campbell Meeks, a third-year student, and Ross Thomas,
a fourth-year creative writing major, still contribute to the magazine.
Younger generation students just getting involved in the process have
been both a source of inspiration and aggravation, magazine staffers say.
Older students have noticed that we have a lot of first-years,
said Caroline Nappo, who has worked on the magazine since the summer of
2001. Theres a different reverence for the magazine now, it
seems more established. Its kind of a changing of the guard.
Noting that Livermore Street has quickly become an institution at Antioch,
Townsend said much of the dirty work is still left up to senior
members of the staff.
In spite of the problems that are unique to every issue, staff members
agree that the effort is worth it. In a term that has seen a record number
of faculty and staff submissions, as well as many student contributions,
the final product this term is 100 pages long, complete with artwork and
literary work ranging from short love poems to lengthy fiction.
Were interested in making an Antioch magazine, not a showcase
of three or four people. Its imperative that its inclusive,
not exclusive, said Townsend.
My interest is not in mimicking a mainstream publication,
said Nappo, citing many literary magazines tendencies to headline
a featured writer.
Theres obstacles every term, but were basically pretty
happy with the end results, said Nappo.
The fifth edition of Livermore Street is now available at the Antioch