Gannon University’s Totem Wins First Place Honors

Posted: December 22, 2017

Gannon University's student-produced literary art magazine Totem  has won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association's national competition for the 22nd consecutive year.

The competition judges publications on the basis of content, organization, design, presentation and creativity.

Ryan Hamilton, a sophomore economics and finance major and current Totem staff member, praised editor Leigh Tischler, who has since graduated, for working with all involved to create "a top-tier publication for Gannon to enjoy."

 "With spectacular submissions of prose, poetry and art I was so thrilled to see the composition come from a mere compilation of works to a whole collection folded and bound in the annual work we pride ourselves on, Totem," said Hamilton, whose artwork was chosen for the cover of the 2017 edition. "I am excited to see what is submitted and then presented in future years to come."

The magazine annually showcases poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, plays, artwork, and photography submitted by the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Gannon University and highlights a diverse range of creative talents and perspectives. Published in early spring each year and distributed free of charge throughout the Gannon campus, it is a creative outlet that allows students studying any discipline to express themselves artistically, apply what they're learning in and out of the classroom through the lens of art, and see their work in print. It also allows students on staff to learn and participate in the process of producing a publication from concept to print.

Professor of English Berwyn Moore serves as advisor.

"It's been an honor to serve Gannon as Totem advisor, and it's been exciting and gratifying over the years to see the many manifestations of students' imagination through their impressive literary and artistic works," Moore said. "In addition, every year the new editor and staff put their unique mark on the design of the book and the shape of its content, making each issue as fresh and interesting as the year before."

Junior English major Julia Fulton, who served as assistant editor and marketing editor, led publicity efforts and calls for submissions to the 2017 edition and was instrumental to Totem's success, Moore said. Fulton is serving as editor this year.