A picture and a thousand words

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By Zachary Nelson
The new edition of Clamor, the University of Washington Bothell’s only professional-grade literary and arts journal, is hot off the press. All the works featured in the annual publication are created by people at UW Bothell or in the local community. All the work to publish the journal is done by students. 

“Clamor is essential in building community around the arts on campus,” said Amaranth Borsuk, an assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “Creative students from across the disciplines see a home for their work between the journal’s covers, and the campus as a whole benefits from the enriching experience of reading the journal.” 

“This journal is a high-impact learning experience for our editors,” said Borsuk, who teaches a year-round course focused on Clamor and advises the students who create the journal. She is also a published author and poet in her own right. 

The print version of Clamor includes poetry, drawings, short stories and paintings. The online edition also features web exclusives such as short videos and songs. Submissions are accepted in fall and winter quarters; spring quarter is spent copyediting and designing the journal, building the online edition and planning the launch party. 

“We all work together to make sure we are producing quality content,” said Hannah Dinero, a 2018 graduate with a double major in Global Studies and Media & Communication Studies. “We don’t have an editor-in-chief who makes the final selection.” 

Inclusion in the journal involves a thoughtful vetting process by an editorial board of students. Board members carefully analyze each piece to ensure those they select align with their mission to find “the best creative practice on our campus.” 

Dinero also had the opportunity to rebrand Clamor this year. “I wanted to improve on Clamor’s previous success by giving it a new look and feel,” she said. “It was very rewarding to see my ideas supported by Amaranth and the school. 

“I learned so much during this process that will be beneficial to me as I begin my career,” said Dinero. 

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Review past editions in the Clamor archive.