Downers Grove South High School’s literary magazine, Calliope, was awarded a first place rating by the Kettle Morraine Press Association (KEMPA). The 2017 publication, Chaos and Control, presented more than 50 students’ creative content through poetry, photography, art and graphic design. The concept of Chaos and Control includes two opposing themes through its content and its layout. To view Chaos entries you read the book one way, and to view Control entries you flip the book and read the opposite way.
“Calliope allows us to showcase our schools’ talent in art and literature,” said senior Eve Dygdon, “Production is a year-long process, so seeing the final piece feels really good.”
Dygdon has been part of Calliope for four years and is planning on studying ancient languages in college as she is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Other current Calliope group members are Emily Ermel, Sarah Granstrom and Sana Nasib.
Calliope members are currently working on the 2018 magazine and are encouraging students to submit their creative work. Based on the designated theme, the group will select poetry and artwork submissions to be showcased in the magazine. Each Calliope publication is designed by students and published in May.
“In order to increase participation and submissions for the 2018 magazine, we are going to hold a contest,” said co-sponsor and English teacher, Zachary Kuhn, “More details are coming soon!”
Calliope sponsors include English & Communications teacher Zachary Kuhn, World Languages teacher Janet Stock and Fine Arts teacher Michelle Lynn. Meetings are held every Wednesday after school. For more information on the Calliope Literary Magazine, contact any of the sponsors, visit the website or view the video.
2017, Chaos and Control