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Loyola Blakefield 

2021 Presents

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Loyola Blakefield Community, 

 

   This year's Literary Magazine is more than a display of the outstanding literature and art created by the Loyola student body. It is a totem to the perseverance of the scholars at this school. Through not only the creation of this magazine, but this past year in general, we have overcome many obstacles associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This collection of work represents our students’ capability to overcome those obstacles and continue to produce pieces that are beyond exceptional. 

 

   As a member of Loyola’s Creative Writing Honors class and two Visual Arts classes, I witnessed a large sum of this work being created first hand. I watched as my classmates worked around complications that came with the unusual circumstances of the past school year. They continued to put forth their best efforts. I am honored to be an Editor-in-Chief of the 2021 Literary Magazine, and I am very excited to bring this work out into the community. 

 

   I would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Flanigan and Mr. Ziegler. Both of these teachers inspired my classmates and me to create work that pushed our potential. I would also like to show some appreciation to how well they managed their classes throughout online learning and beyond during this past school year. Additionally, I would like to express my gratitude to all of the students who submitted their work to Loyola's Workshop(s). Although, we were not able to include everyone's work, I am thankful for all of the efforts put into submitting and revising work. Lastly, I would like to thank all of the students, parents, and others who are taking the time to read through this magazine. It is truly something that I am proud to be a part of, and I hope you all enjoy. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Jack Janson

 

Editor-in-Chief

Class of 2021

Loyola Blakefield Community,

   The 2020-2021 school year has presented Blakefield and our global community with many adversities. However, even the Renaissance came off the heels of the Black Plague. The Loyola Creative Writing team hopes to emulate a similar display of artistic talent and revival in these tumultuous times. The work in this magazine reflects the hard work, determination, and creativity of the young people featured. Everyone has worked through their own obstacles, but each has produced something beautiful and unique. From all corners of our community, artists submitted their best and brightest to create this year’s magazine.

   As the elected Editor-in-Chief of my class, I watched as we raced against time in our waning year to produce our magazine. The Creative Writing Honors classes worked feverously this year. They wrote samples of Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction that have tested the boundaries of genre-defining literature. Their great work inspired the outreach to the community at large. Every submission included in the 2021 Literary Magazine has been reviewed, edited, reviewed, and approved by a process that aims to showcase only the best of Loyola’s artists. Each member of the creative classes contributed not only art, but their leadership and vision for our program. This year’s magazine is more than ever a testimony of the strong roots for artistic liberty at Loyola. In a time, with little hope and a lot of motivation, these authors and artists have found a way to still make beauty. 

   I’d like to give a special thanks to Mr. Flanigan, who was instrumental in the teaching and guiding of these young authors. It was his classes that initiated and created this product. I’d like to give thanks to my Co-Editor-in-Chief Jack Janson; his efforts have brought an expertise in digital media and writing. Finally, I’d like to thank all our students who submitted. The ability to publicize art is an amazing opportunity and a vulnerable one. I hope the readers--students, teachers, and parents alike--enjoy our compilation and consider contributing in the following years!

Sincerely,

Kevin Wallner

Editor-in-Chief

Class of 2021