The Ohio State University at Lima

Asterism editors build ties around the world

Asterism, volume 3, cover art by Hannah Stoll

Thanks to its team of student editors, the latest issue of the Ohio State Lima’s literary journal, Asterism, has gone to “press” and is now online for readers and contributors to enjoy.

Asterism is open for submissions from anyone who is enrolled as an undergraduate student, anywhere in the world. The submission types and guidelines vary from year-to-year so the student editors have a chance to dig into a variety of creative works like poetry, prose, and the occasional spoken word poem.

Because of the international scope of the journal, the student editors did not have to leave campus to begin building relationships and connections. Submissions came in from campuses around the world.

“Reaching out to the authors of pieces we had accepted for publication was extremely rewarding,” said Senior Editor Victoria Sullivan, a senior in English. “The editors were able to make national and international connections with students from different regions, backgrounds, and cultures—thereby connecting all through the enthusiasm of creative writing.”

Putting out a literary journal when you are a team of interns who are also full-time students can be challenging and requires a deep well of enthusiasm for the topic. Fortunately for the readers of Ohio State Lima’s Asterism, the student team was not only enthused with the creative side, they embraced the underlying organization and teamwork necessary to successfully publish the latest edition this summer.

“What stood out most was the teamwork between editors and the efficiency in delegating tasks that allowed for the journal’s timely release,” Sullivan said. “Everyone was really excited about being fully involved in the journal’s completion; therefore, whenever a task needed appointing, someone was always eager to volunteer.”

The Asterism team changes each year as students graduate and new students join. Sullivan has worked on volumes 2 and 3 and will be involved with volume 4 as it is created during the 2019-2020 academic year. Her positive experience has been two-fold from a professional and personal perspective.

“Being exposed to the work of other undergraduates has helped me see various styles of writing and how I can improve and polish my own poetry,” Sullivan said. “I think the insight I have gained as an editor—including the decision-making processes, organizational skills, and how to effectively communicate issues with others—have all provided me with essential tools that will aid my future career and potentially graduate school.”

Read all issues of Asterism online here.

The faculty advisor for the Asterism project is Doug Sutton-Ramspeck.