The Loom, a Loomis student publication devoted to creative writing and art, released its first-ever online edition at the beginning of December.
According to English teacher Kate Saxton, who serves as the organization's faculty advisor, The Loom will continue to publish a print edition in the spring, as in years past. Adding a fall online edition enables the publication to showcase more student-written poetry, prose, and personal narratives alongside student-created drawings, paintings, photography, and other art.
Kate credits senior Louisa Gao for taking a lead role in establishing the online format for The Loom through WordPress, an open-source blogging and website content management system.
The Loom celebrates the interconnectedness of the literary and visual arts. All Loomis students are invited to submit their work for inclusion in the magazine, and submissions of previously completed class assignments are welcome. Invitations to submit appear in the Daily Bulletin, and Loom staff also make announcements during class meetings. The 35 student staff members and Kate review submissions in a selection process that seeks to publish a variety of voices and styles across all the class years.
Sophomore Margaret Kanyoko, one of the publication's editors, said she enjoys reading and observing student submissions. Doing so, she said, "showcases a unique side of people that I may never have seen before. ... The Loom beautifully connects the Loomis Chaffee community in that way."
When not directly involved in publishing an edition, The Loom serves as a literary society and club for students with an affinity for creative expression.
Connect to the The Loom webpage to read the inaugural fall online edition.