Fisher’s Literary Magazine Moves to Digital Format

December 14, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 1, the English Department at St. John Fisher College celebrated the launch of Angles, a digital reinvention of the College's literary magazine, The Angle, which was published continuously from 1957 to 2011.

Alumni read from the Best of The Angle.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, the English Department at St. John Fisher College celebrated the end of one era and the beginning of another. The end? Fisher’s literary magazine, The Angle, was published continuously from 1957 to 2011, with poetry, fiction, and artwork contributed by Fisher students and occasionally Fisher faculty. The beginning? As of 2017, the magazine will be online only and will be renamed Angles. An enthusiastic group of 50 alumni, current students, and current and former faculty gathered at the launch party to honor the print magazine and introduce the new digital format.

In spring 2016, a group of students combed through all the print issues and selected 20 poems and stories from the seven decades.  They then contacted as many of these writers as they could locate, and interviewed them about their time at Fisher and the role of writing in their lives then and now. These 20 works, and the interviews, are published as the Best of The Angle, which is available for sale and will also be archived in Lavery Library.

During the launch party, alumni Jim Bond ’60, Mark Bowers ’98, ’01, and Meg Pritchard ’07, whose works were selected for Best of the Angle, read those poems and stories as well as more recent work.

The new Angles will cast a wide net, soliciting submissions from college-age individuals across the country.

“It will publish brief prose and poetry that reveals distinct, unique, and important perspectives on ourselves and our world,” said Dr. Deborah Uman, chair of the department.

Students in ENGL 356 Editing and Publishing created a mission for the magazine, which is to seek fresh, urgent writing that cares about language and pays close attention to it, that uses form and structure purposefully, and that isn’t afraid to take risks.

The students emphasized that they value traditions but are keen on challenging them, and believe emerging voices need to be heard, Uman explained.

The first online issue will publish in spring 2017, under the guidance of Writer in Residence and department faculty member Stephen West and the students enrolled in ENGL 378 Literary Writing and Publishing.

The website for Angles is still under construction, but it can be previewed at https://projects.sjfc.edu/angles/.