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The Suisun Valley Review was established as a way for the students of Solano Community College to learn the art and craft of editing a literary journal while putting together their own magazine once a year. Since the first issue was published in 1981, student editors have collaborated on over thirty issues of SVR, carefully selecting the contents from new and established writers from across the U.S. and abroad. The students are also directly involved with creating the overall design aesthetic and narrative of each issue. Each spring, all of their hard work and endless creative energy is repaid with a bound collection of prose and poetry, sold and kept as a testament to sleepless nights.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Papers, Glues, and Threads

(I was going to add “oh my!” at the end, but I opted against it. What do you think – are the Wizard of Oz puns dead?)

Our teacher/advisor said our energy was a little low. Well, we were talking about paper, which is a topic that most people don’t find very invigorating. (Although, I’m pretty sure there were at least some of us that were secretly fascinated, but too embarrassed to admit it.)

As a class and as a group of editors, we are slowly starting to learn (or re-learn) just how much there is to making a magazine. When he said we would be making every little decision, he meant every little decision. Paper types. Glue types. Thread types. What shape do we want the magazine to be? What texture do we want the paper to have?

Several of these aspects are controlled by time and budget, thereby being out of our control. But there are details – right down to the page number’s position, font, color and size – that are entirely up to us. There is already some discussion amongst us as to page layout; it will be interesting to see what all of our thirty-odd personalities come up with! (And, more importantly, more excitingly, what we choose in the end for the final product.)