A Note from Sarah Shotwell, Faculty Advisor
I think we can all agree that the Central Coast is a pretty cool place to live. John Steinbeck thought so. So did Jack Kerouac when he was here in the 50s, working for the Southern Pacific railroad. With stunning natural beauty, unique geography, and idiosyncratic small town culture, the Central Coast is a place that is ripe with inspiration. And yet it seems like we haven't quite yet come into our own as a literary region. As lofty as a goal as it might be, some students in San Luis Obispo are trying to change that.
Hanging Lantern Review was started in 2012 by my students at SLO Classical Academy High School in San Luis Obispo, California. Originially an art and culture review in online form publishing work by students at our school, Hanging Lantern Review in 2013 is expanding its submissions to include poetry, fiction, essay, paintings and photography from middle and high school students from all over San Luis Obispo County and the Central Coast. The work will be published in our first print edition this spring.
We put the word out late last year that we were taking submissions from local students, and crossed our fingers. Having now officially closed our submission period, counted the pieces, and read them, I can honestly say we were impressed beyond our expectations. We had tons of submissions, and the quality of them confirmed what we originally thought: young people in our area are good artists. They're really good. And they need to have a venue where they can publish.
The first print issue of Hanging Lantern Review includes carefully curated poetry, fiction, and essays by students from our unique region. The pieces, selected by professional California-based authors and poets, reflect some of the best emerging literary talent from young writers in our area. The magazine will also include photography and art. This is our first issue, but our plan is to grow into a well-circulated, awesome annual magazine that gives young writers a chance to publish, promotes the future of the arts in our community, and showcases what great talent we have on the Central Coast!
Where You Come In
In order to print and ship a high-quality, custom magazine to showcase these great pieces, we need to raise funds pretty quickly. The money you donate, whether it's one dollar or a hundred dollars, will go directly into making this project happen. Once we have funded our first issue here on indiegogo, we hope to become a self-sustaining magazine by next year. Your donation is 100% tax deductible, and in return you'll recieve some pretty cool gifts, which might include the magazine when it comes out, digitial downloads, mentions in our acknowledgements section, ads, original poems custom-commissioned for you by our writers, an opportunity to participate in our exclusive writer's workshop, and/or an invitation to our launch party and reading in late May (Date TBD). The best part is, if we meet our goal, the awesome folks at indiegogo will give us a 3.75% completion bonus! Thanks so much, and even if you can't donate at this time, we would love if you could help us spread the word by sharing this on Facebook or Twitter!