Published: October 12, 2005
Complimenting their glazed doughnuts and hot coffee with jazz music and blue skies, students and faculty of PJC gathered Oct. 5 in the gazebo at a small reception celebrating the Literary Roundtable’s newly published literary magazine, Issue.
Former writers and artists for the magazine, as well as newcomers to the Literary Roundtable assisted in setting out stacks of the magazine.
Fine arts student Franciele Fertonani gushed at the sight of her own works in print.
“I (said) ‘Sure’ when they asked me to put in some artwork. But then it was like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s in the magazine!’,” she said.
Issue Editor Marzia Accardo shared enthusiasm about the magazine, and the reception itself.
“It’s a beautiful day, people are enjoying the magazine and the reception. I love the response people have,” she said.
Combining writings and artwork, Issue provided countless PJC students an opportunity to display their work.
“You’re uniting graphic art and writing and showing it off to the public. People have an opportunity to do and be something,” Fertonani said.
In the same way, the reception combined fine readings with fine music to entertain those who stopped by.
English department head Thom Botsford played the saxophone while accompanied by singer David Suhor, in a jazz duo.
“I like the saxophone,” Fertonani said.
Overall the literary magazine Issue, and its reception, were a success.
“This issue has been special, the next one will be special as well,” Accardo said.
When asked what she thought about the reception, Fertonani smiled.
“Doughnuts are always good when they’re free.”