Despite growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak, members of the KO community still remain active in academics and in the arts. Epic, the school’s literary and arts magazine, will still continue to operate in spite of the global pandemic.
While social distancing has hindered the group from publishing the spring issue in print, the editors of epic, especially senior Esha Kataria, remain hopeful. “We do plan to publish an online version of the spring issue of epic,” Esha said. “It is very much still in the works as to how exactly that might happen, but we do hope to somehow make it work out.”
The magazine serves as an outlet for creativity, expression, and emotion for students across campus. “The goal is to share and celebrate student creativity and expression in writing and art,” English teacher and faculty advisor for the magazine Mela Frye explained.
Despite the current situation, several members have maintained a positive outlook on remote learning. Esha said that she doesn’t think the lockdown caused by the coronavirus has hindered the staff from accomplishing their goals. “In fact, I think this is a great opportunity for us to learn and evolve,” Esha said. “Students now have more time to express themselves through art, discover new passions, and continue to cultivate community. This is a moment for us as a club to evolve and adapt to changing conditions, and I’m sure it will be a great learning experience.”
Each issue of epic requires delicate planning and work. The publication first starts with planning meetings, advertisements, and signups. At this time, members encourage students to contribute in one form or another.
In previous years, this took several weeks. The process included the editing, printing, and distribution of the magazine. In addition, each issue has a different theme, ensuring that each publication is unique in its own way. The last issue published incorporated a neon theme into the design and framework of the magazine.
Many members of the staff joined because of their love and appreciation for art, which can be seen on full display with each issue. “I think [art] has this beautiful power to connect and speak to the human condition,” Esha said. “Being a part of this club has given me a greater appreciation of student talent and expression in our community.”
If you find yourself with a surplus of free time, the editors of epic strongly urge those of the KO community to try something new and contribute to the magazine. “These are obviously difficult times,” Mrs. Frye said. “We need ways to feel connected, seen, and understood more than ever. Challenging ourselves to express what we’re experiencing and sharing those expressions with a community can be strengthening and healing for all. I encourage all our students to write, photograph, and draw. You won’t be the only one who will benefit from your expression.”