Skidompha Library in Damariscotta is pleased to announce the publication of its third volume of the teen creative work EPOCH.
A literary magazine for teens by teens, EPOCH published its first volume in December 2017, with the intention of creating a public outlet for young artists.
The most recent volume contains artwork, short fiction, and poetry by 28 local young adults. Free copies of EPOCH are available at the library.
“EPOCH creates a space outside of the classroom for young people in our community to be celebrated and their voices amplified,” said Kelsey Gibbs, Skidompha Library’s director of communications. “It’s incredibly meaningful for young people to see a physical representation of their creative work. It’s a great feeling to hand a featured artist a copy of the latest magazine and see their face light up. There’s nothing like seeing your name in print!”
A small, tight-knit team worked on the third volume of EPOCH, including Gibbs, three youth editors, and adult writing mentors Gordon Clark, of Damariscotta, and Andrea Vassallo, of Newcastle. The editorial board gathered six times throughout fall 2018 to discuss submissions from their peers, propose edits, and lay out the magazine. Gibbs took the board’s vision, provided layout and graphic design, and worked with Lincoln County Publishing Co. in Newcastle to bring the magazine to life.
Special thanks should be given to the many educators who took time to correspond with the editors and inspire their students to submit their creative work.
The next issue of EPOCH (Volume 4) is due to be published in May of this year. Artists and writers ages 12-18 can submit their artwork and writing to the editorial board by emailing it to Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org by the submission deadline of Friday, March 1. The EPOCH editorial board is also accepting applications to join the board: please note interest and include an introductory paragraph in the email.
This project is partially funded by an anonymous grant that supports youth programming. Skidompha Library has been supporting community since 1885 and is located at 184 Main St., Damariscotta, Maine. For more information about upcoming events, programs, and services offered, go to skidompha.org.