By Maureen Federo
Cauldron award winners Paloma Colohossey, Maris Cohen and Emily Townsend will be reading their pieces at the Unveiling Ceremony on Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Stetson Chapel. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Cauldron executive editors Hallie Hinkhouse and Maris Cohen share the meaning of the Stephanie Vibbert Award, presented in honor of a student who was killed in a car accident on her way to a peace rally, according to Hinkhouse.
“So it’s a social justice minded poem,” said Cohen. The Stephanie Vibbert Award was given to Paloma Colohossey.
The Divine Crow Award was given to Paloma Colohoseey, Maris Cohen and Emily Townsend. All awards were judged anonymously by professors Chad Sweeny and Di Seuss.
Cauldron editors are Hallie Hinkhouse, Maris Cohen, Claire Haughey and Mary Corcoran. Editors expressed the history of The Cauldron and discussed of what’s to spring in the future.
The Cauldron started in 1962 with a small collection of 18 pieces by 15 students. In the last 40 years, The Cauldron has grown to about 60 pieces contributed by 40 students. Editors seek to water their success with a wide range of work from the student body to nourish this year’s blooming edition.
This range includes all grade levels, first year seminars and all departments of study. The Cauldron has a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art, such as photography, paintings, and photos of sculptors, that enrich its pages.
Editors choose pieces based on whether or not they speak to and move the readers. Editors sort through anonymous submissions and organize their choices by dividing and having as many diverse voices as possible.
“There are cases when three pieces are chosen by one editor and we would cut two of them and find other voices to judge those pieces so that no voice is dominant,” says Hinkhouse.
As chief executive of the Cauldron, Diane Seuss helps with final decisions, when the editors must decide between pieces.
The editors said they are very grateful for everyone who has contributed and cooperated with the Cauldron. The Cauldron has grown in size and ambition and continues to strive for more student involvement. Submissions are accepted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to see what other students have published? Retrieve a free copy at the bookstore. Suggested donation for non-students are $3 at the Unveiling Ceremony.