The lobby of Ford Center for the Fine Arts filled with a quiet hubbub, and it was not just for the food.
On May 18, students and staff were beckoned from the beginnings of their weekends to receive this year’s final issue of Catch, a well-known on-campus literary magazine, alongside hors d’oeuvres and other treats provided by local businesses Cornucopia and Q’s Cafe.
Images of student artwork were featured in a slide show on a large screen, serving as the background to the readings that would take place. This publication of the magazine presented an array of artistic genres, from creative nonfiction and drama to music and poetry.
“I felt like there was a really wide variety of pieces that were read,” sophomore Clarice Shin said. “It was really good. I really liked it.”
Senior Eve Sackett began the readings for the afternoon with her work of poetry entitled “Your Legs Softly Folded, One.” Following, sophomore Grace Davis read excerpts from “Love Letters,” her short work of fiction. Davis was inspired to write this piece after attending Caxton Club’s presentation of Peter Orner, who read excerpts from his novel “Love and Shame and Love.”
“It was based on him growing up in Chicago, and I really related to that and wanted to explore my own feelings with it,” Davis said. “Everything in [my piece] is based on things that happened to me growing up in St. Louis, but it’s more about the city itself … I tried to focus on experiences that were more representative of the lifestyle of the city.”
Particularly noteworthy was senior Annie Pittman’s reading of senior Erin McKinstry’s translation of “Mutterzunge,” or “Mothertongue.” McKinstry’s piece was the only one of its kind to be featured in the magazine, as translations are a relatively new addition to Catch’s repertoire.
Although there was considerable variety in the works featured in this publication, a substantial number of them were within the realm of poetry, and thus many of the readings were poems. To conclude the afternoon’s affairs, senior Chris Bakka read excerpts from some of his newer works, earning a good amount of laughter from the audience.
Copious applause throughout the event indicated that the release of Catch was enjoyable for all who attended.
“I always enjoy coming to this,” senior Audrey Todd, who came to her first Catch reception in the fall, said. “I didn’t start coming until this year and I wish I had come every single year.”