Two Mercyhurst College students were honored for their magic way with words when the 2002 Lumen, the college’s annual literary magazine, was unveiled during a reception on Thursday, April 18.
Thomas Gamble and Kristen Letts received the Outstanding Poetry Writing and Outstanding Fiction Writing awards, respectively, from Dr. Kenneth Schiff, associate professor of English at Mercyhurst and the adviser for the annual publication.
This year’s edition of Lumen, which is Latin for an opening or light, includes fiction and poetry by 25 students, plus photographs by several more. Overseeing the staff of Stacey Abbott, Amanda Hart, Charon Hribar and Jennifer Moore was editor-in-chief Adam DuShole.
Emily Dugach handled design of the 2002 magazine, which features two front covers (and no back cover) and can be read from start to finish, turned over, and read back to the beginning. The two sides of the publication signify the conscious and subconscious mind. Those themes are highlighted on both covers, and include the use of special matte printing that only can be seen when the black and white cover is held in the right light.
The Thursday afternoon reception in the Mercy Heritage Room also included an opportunity for students to read their submissions to the Lumen. Nearly 70 students were in attendance, and more than a dozen read aloud.
In addition to being the showcase for talented student writers, the Lumen provides an opportunity for a graphic design student to produce a magazine. Past issues of the Lumen have won several design awards, including two Erie Ad Club “Addy” awards in April 2002. Mercyhurst Senior Natalie Zofko took home a Student Best of Show award and a Gold Addy for the 2001 Lumen.