ELKINS – With a determination to celebrate the creative works of the Davis & Elkins College community, the Aurora editorial staff presented its 2020 publication in a virtual platform. The College’s literary and creative journal has a long-standing tradition of releasing the annual magazine in print form each spring.
“The editing team, though bummed we were unable to provide our readers a print copy, was still dedicated to this mission in the culmination of this year's publication,” said Aurora Executive Editor Emily Alexander of Strasburg, Virginia.
Under the guidance of Professor of English Dr. Bill King, this year’s editing team was made up of West Virginia residents Mollee Akers of Matheny, Emily Coleman of Hurricane, Samantha Kirk of Harrisville, Jakeya Perrin of Huntington and Cody Turner of Moorefield. Kirk designed the cover art titled “Nicobarica.”
“I’m incredibly proud of Emily and the staff for sticking with the magazine, contacting contributors, and building a beautiful product that has variety and quality during a hectic and confusing time,” King said. “This will always be remembered as the ‘pandemic edition.’”
The 2020 magazine features the works of 24 contributors, including students, faculty and alumni.
“The works featured address and grapple with a variety of themes, leading readers to insights our writers have had about the world in which we live,” Alexander said. “Because the works in the Aurora address such a wide variety of themes, there is sure to be something that resonates with every reader.”
Four literary genres are represented: poetry, fiction, flash fiction and creative nonfiction. The magazine also includes visual art.
“The literature and the art echo one another in a subtle, yet powerful fashion,” King said.