“Artifact Nouveau” is a literary magazine allowing students, faculty, employees and alumni to channel their creative outlets through writing and art.
The recent edition to hit campus, though, is looking a bit different.
The magazine is published by the Writers’ Guild of San Joaquin Delta College.
The goals of the Writers’ Guild include critiquing and giving feedback for writers, networking and providing a creative and fun outlet.
Issues for “Artifact Nouveau” are published once a semester.
The magazine began its makeover last Fall with a new advisor and members, modification of the magazine’s title and redesigning the magazine layout.
“Last semester, the amazing Paula Sheil left the club to devote time to other projects. Hence, in Fall 2014 we had a new advisor and coincidentally, all new members,” said faculty advisor Sarah Antinora.
Antinora also said this was the first time — she knew of — the club was involved with the entire process of producing the magazine.
“That experience has made us a very tight-knit group,” said Antinora.
All officers in charge of producing “Artifact Nouveau” are all new members to the club.
“We essentially had to start from scratch since none of us had been officers before, or even part of Writers’ Guild! I didn’t know it was a club until I was approached and asked to be the president,” said Editor in Chief Summer Migliori.
In terms of the magazine’s name, members wanted the modification to reflect the changes going on with the club, according to Migliori.
“Artifact has always been a staple of Delta’s English community. It also serves as an outlet for many members of the faculty and the student body.
Through consecutive meetings of mulling over what to do with the Artifact name, we just decided that it was time for a fresh start,” said Migliori.
Page layouts were redesigned and featured recipes and activities and the entire publication was printed in color.
“The current club is committed to producing the highest quality issue possible and that includes showcasing the art and photography in color,” said Antinora.
Participants wanting to submit pieces are limited to 10 visual submissions, two short stories and essays, and/or ten poems.
Works chosen for the publication are based on a committee vote, said Antinora.
While each issue doesn’t follow a specific theme, the committee considers many factors on what piece will be featured in the issue.
“We just choose which ones are the best based on subject and style; however, we accept any type of story and written or visual styles,” said Migliori.
In terms of the future, the magazine plans to expand online with a special online-only issue this summer.
The summer online-exclusive issue will feature longer works.
For more information on “Artifact Nouveau” and the Writers’ Guild, email firstname.lastname@example.org, like the club on Facebook or attend workshops and meetings at 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in Shima 126.