A Toast to Collaboration

issue1releaseparty2The 13th Floor Magazine team joined up with contributors and friends for a night of celebration, a toast to the hard work and dedication it took produce our beautiful first issue. Managing Editor Kate Bard gave a speech

“A year ago, we were students in the Writer’s Workshop searching for some kind of outlet for our creative work. We realized then that we didn’t have any way to celebrate and encourage the art community on this campus. After hours of brainstorming, planning, facing adversity, developing, learning, overcoming challenges, and collaborating – we created the 13th Floor Magazine.”

She went on to reiterate the mission of the magazine.

“13th Floor Magazine has become a way for students on this campus to celebrate, participate, actively influence, and encourage art and the artists on UNO’s campus. Anymore, colleges and majors are so cliquey. Our plan is to dissolve this unseen roadblock that seems to say that if you’re a Neuroscience major or a Psychology major or an Exercise Science major, you can’t participate in the art scene on UNO’s campus. That’s just not true. The 13th Floor Magazine is here, and we’re inclusive.”

This magazine is truly for the campus, and its goal is to create art community across disciplines. You may be a biology major with a penchant for poetry in your spare time. You may be an education major who loves to write personal essay. You may be a business major who happens to enjoy writing short fiction. You are all welcome and encouraged to participate in this magazine, because this magazine belongs to all of us.

“Congratulations to all of our authors, your work is fantastic, and I hope you continue to submit your work in the future to the 13th Floor and to other publications as well. I would like to give a special thank you to our creative editors, Lisa Sandlin our fearless advisor, and to my executive team. It’s hard to believe we actually did it. Your hard work was totally worth it and we’ve got this awesome first issue to show for it.”

Now hurry up and get your submissions in for Issue 2, which is due to be released at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester.

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