Knox’s literary magazine “Catch” celebrated the release of its fall 2013 issue on Friday following a fall term that sought to expand the scope of the publication.
“We wanted to change the presentation of ‘Catch’ to make it more open to the entire campus,” senior and Layout Editor Ashley Wolfgang said, going on to explain how hosting an open mic at the start of winter term and increased solicitation in classes last term was intended to further establish the magazine’s purpose as a “voice for writers.”
As a result of these efforts, senior and Co-Head Editor Grace Davis explained that “Catch” was able to present a wider range of content than before.
“We were really excited about the diversity in the recent issue,” Davis said, naming an environmental studies piece and short drama among the work’s contents. They even received a mathematical formula but “didn’t have the personnel to find out if it was legitimate.”
Davis sees this diversity as “Catch” succeeding in its vision.
“We’re still called the literary magazine, but we’re branching out,” she said.
Other changes for “Catch” this issue pertain to layout which Davis described as “less flashy.” The cover was also not fully designed by the layout editor as was done in previous issues. This time the cover features a photograph senior and C0-Head Editor Christopher Poore and Wolfgang pulled from the Knox library archives.
Looking ahead to the spring 2014 submission drive, Davis hopes to continue the trend of diversity. She also would like to see more theatre-related submissions such as dramas, costume design, set design and lighting design. The only other “hint” Davis wants to share is that “Catch” always seems to receive more poetry than they can manage for a single issue.
“I don’t want people to be writing things for ‘Catch,’ though. It should be their best work, whatever it may be,” Davis said. “We are beholden to the work that comes into us.”