By Luke Stone ’20
After receiving their 1,000-copy shipment on Tuesday, the editors of The Talon, the school’s literary arts publication, distributed the magazine’s fall edition at Wednesday evening’s seated meal, placing one copy at each place-setting in the dining hall.
Prior to the renovation of the Walker Building, The Talon was distributed to student boxes on Community Street. But after student boxes were eliminated in the renovation of the Student Store and Post Office, the editors needed to rethink their strategy. Then, the administration recommended an old Woodberry tradition: dinner-time distribution.
“Dinner-time distribution built a strong buzz. I’ve never seen so many people talking about The Talon at once and it was very exciting to feel the energy around the room,” Editor-in-Chief Ashby Shores ’19 said. “A good number of folks have already asked how to submit and get involved, which I think bodes well for the magazine. Seated meal distribution was done by The Oracle many years ago, and I now understand why.”
Text Editor Rhew Deigl ’20 agreed.
“[Using seated meal to distribute the magazine] was an obvious choice because it gave us an opportunity to share Spence [Whitman ’21’s] cover design in an attractive way, to distribute the magazine to everyone in the community at once, and to congratulate the contributors,” Deigl said.
In addition to reflecting on the distribution process, Shores shared his thoughts on the publication of this issue of The Talon, the first of its seventieth volume.
“After Max [Johns ’18], Kyle [Kauffman ’18], and Trip [Hurley ’18] graduated, we were left without a true designer and artistic eye. I was very nervous about taking the helm this year, but because the younger editors have stepped up to fill the void, this edition lives up to the Talon name,” Shores said. “Everyone on staff was forced to adapt and take on positions with which they were uncomfortable, and I think we did an excellent job of rising to the occasion. ”
Students and faculty interested in picking up this edition of The Talon will be able to find them in public spaces on campus like the Baker Gallery, Walker Building Lobby, or the Library. The deadline for submissions for the spring issue will be in early February.