Every year, students don dresses and ties and fill the halls of the Addison Gallery of American Art to celebrate the launch of the Courant, Andover’s leading student-run literary and arts magazine, and hear their peers read their published writing.
“On Wednesdays, we submit to the Courant” and other witty slogans, along with thorough use of posters and social media sites, are some of the many ways the Courant reaches out into the community hoping to find a hidden, talented voice that people would not have expected at first.
“Last year, a really interesting poem written by three hockey players was submitted to the Courant. Everyone asked if it was a joke, but I thought was actually really powerful,” stated Madeleine Lippey ’14, Editor in Chief of the Courant. “Who would have known their talent was found when they expressed themselves through writing?”
While all students are allowed to submit, not all pieces are published in the Courant, though Lippey says this shouldn’t stop students from submitting.
“We want the Courant not only to represent a competitive community, [but] a collaborative community as well,” said Lippey. “This is when it becomes quality over quantity.”
Thanks to a group of diligent editors and a submission of top shelf fiction and poetry, two issues are published a year. Each issue includes around forty to sixty submissions, featuring pieces from three categories- art, fiction and poetry. Editors chose submissions they find most compelling to fill the pages of “The Courant” not only with poems, but also with student photography, short stories and creative literature as well.
Although the Courant doesn’t have weekly meetings, the board knows how to buckle down when it comes to creating the magazine. With more publication, the board looks forward to having student literary voices across campus.
“‘The Courant’ is one of the only outlets on Andover’s campus for creative student writing, and for students to express themselves in a completely new and creative way,” said Lippey. “Especially here, math and science is often more emphasized than writing and English. I think ‘The Courant’ is really amazing because it finally gives you the freedom to be able to share creative writing.”
Even though art, fiction and poetry are the three categories, ‘The Courant’ is currently trying to expand its acceptance by allowing pieces that blur these genres.
“There are some pieces in our latest issue that don’t fit explicitly into fiction or poetry categories. For example, there is a piece by an anonymous author in the spring issue that combines both,” said Lippey.
Moving forward, ‘The Courant’ has several goals for the coming year.
“One of our goals is definitely to broaden our diversity of writers and artists, as well as to seek out ways to use ‘The Courant’ in classrooms. For example, like some PACE classes are now using ‘Out of the Blue,’ we would love if one day English classes referenced The Courant. We are also hoping to establish an annual spring launch event in addition to our fall Addison party,” said Lippey.