BLAM seeks student art submissions through April 16
By Eric Villanueva ’11
Over the past two decades, Brophy’s literary art magazine has transitioned from “The Tower” to the “Magazine Formerly Known as ‘The Tower’” to now BLAM.
The magazine is continuing its tradition of transition by expanding onto the Internet with BLAM Online, better known as BLAMO.
“Our hope is that our Web site will be as popular if not more so than our publication,” said Jeramy Moschonas ’11, who is co-editor of BLAM with Michael Notestine ’11 and Beau Peterlin ’10.
“Some people say, ‘well, you guys are a literary publication,’” Moschonas said. “Well, we also want a decent Web site with audio, video, etc.”
The Web site can be viewed at www.brophybroncos.org/blam.
Along with original literary artwork, like poems, personal essays and short dramas, the BLAM editors and staff are looking for submissions of songs from student bands, pictures of sculptures and videos by the end of April.
“While The Roundup has a small section for art, we know there’s a lot more that students do,” Moschonas said. “We are here to let all students express themselves through art.”
Mr. John Damaso ’97, one of the publication’s faculty advisors, said BLAMO will become a “storehouse or inventory of all student-submitted work,” while the annual publication will be a “showcase for the best of the best.”
But, BLAMO still needs more audio and visual art for the Web site to go “super multimedia,” Moschonas said.
“We have enough submissions, but we could always use more,” he added.
This year BLAM setup an e-mail for student submission, firstname.lastname@example.org. BLAM invites students to submit their work by Friday, April 16.
BLAM also organized and sponsored the Poetry Out Loud contest and the live poetry readings at the Fine Arts Extravaganza, which was complemented by a “very successful” audience guide, according to Moschonas.
Moschonas said he considers this audience guide the first issue of BLAM, and the annual publication in May is the second issue.
Right now, the editors and staff of BLAM are focused on the annual publication, which is on track to be released a week or two before finals in May, according to Moschonas.
So far, this year’s issue will keep the smaller dimensions, colorfulness and complementary visual and literary art, which garnered so much response last year, Mr. Damaso said.
The new e-mail submission and BLAMO Web site are only the beginning, according to Moschonas.
“The opportunities are vast,” Moschonas said. “The sky’s the limit.”