It's no secret: I waited another semester at North Idaho College so I could be editor for Trestle Creek Review issue 32 (As a bonus: I ended up signing up for a British Murder Mystery class and got a trip overseas!).
I worked on, and was published, in TCR's issue 31. This Spring semester we worked as a team on issue 32!
Then we began working through the slush pile. Trestle Creek Review accepts submissions from the North Idaho College community, alumni (and even some Spokane-family). Our slush pile is a respectable size and we had a smaller team this year: just nine of us to take the magazine from start to finish in four months. We broke out into teams for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and collaborated for visual art. Once we fought over, sorted through and settled upon content: then it was time to lay it all out!
During the semester we had the pleasure of Maya Jewell Zeller visiting campus and reading from various poems and fictional work. She was so full of joy and humor: it was incredibly inspiring. I purchased a copy of her book (but forgot to have her sign it!) and you should too.
The staff of Trestle Creek Review (along with members of North Idaho College's English Club) went to lunch with Maya and her husband!
During our Trestle Creek Review classes, after we decided on layout and design, we discussed the pieces of work that made it into this specific issue. We had conversations about commas, punctuation, and fought over a picture of a bra.
Over Spring Break--I played two hours of video games--and the rest was dedicated to either working on laying out Trestle Creek Review or something not video games. I spent a lot of time in Adobe InDesign working on a template from last year's issue. I can't say for certain about how long it took. Hours, certainly. Days, possibly. I get a sort of laser focus when I'm at the computer working on a project (a focus akin to NaNoWriMo, if and when I can return to it). I know that I was able to work for 18 minutes and barely make a dent in the magazine layout. I made a video--because, of course I did.
Eventually, after many, many texts/emails/revisions: the magazine was sent off to the printer! We were able to get proofs made! We took a trip to Millwood Print Works, a local non-profit that specializes in letter printing and community projects. We learned the intense dedication and skill involved in letterpress technology and that "Mind your p's and q's" originated from letterpress because all the letters are placed backwards and it is easy to get those two mixed up!
Then we drove over to Gray Dog Press where our proofs were waiting for us! It was such a thrilling experience to hold a physical copy of the magazine we'd worked all semester for. I was very proud at that moment (I'm proud in general but). We went over cover paper stock, color inlays and looked at various other books and publications that Gray Dog Press had managed over the last 15+ years.
After the semester ended--we had our Launch Party! Pizza and a room in the Student Union Building. We had authors read work from the issue and gave out free issues of the magazine!
Here is a 360 degree time lapse video of the launch! Move your mouse (or phone!) around to see all the room!
I'm very proud to have worked with the team behind issue #32. We argued, we laughed, we decided the fate of the slush pile together: and in the end, we made something beautiful. Since I'm moving on to Eastern Washington University--I won't have the chance to be a staff member again, but you can be certain that I'll submit something for issue #33! Keep reading, keep writing, and I hope to see you all again someday soon.
A special thank you to Jonathan Frey for two-and-a-half-years at North Idaho College, and for the years ahead. Don't think you've gotten rid of me yet!