Obscura Publishes Second Issue
May 19, 2011
Lehman College's literary magazine, Obscura, released its second issue this spring. Building on the strength of the magazine's inaugural issue last semester, the sleek, black-and-white review features fiction, poetry, photography, and artwork from Lehman students. Free copies are now available around campus.
One contributor, senior Giovanni Oritz, who is a double major in creative writing and psychology, contributed a poem titled, "I Am It All."
"I was flattered when I heard they were printing my poem," says Oritz, who attended Lehman for the first time twenty-five years ago, before embarking on a career as a dancer and model.
Meredith Archibald, a graduating senior who majored in creative writing and minored in studio art, contributed three works of art—a photograph, a drawing that accompanied her friend's poem entitled "On My Grave," and a painting of a chapel.
"It was a lot of work putting the issue together," she says. "But we all worked together so well. It was a great experience." Archibald is applying to M.F.A. writing programs for the fall semester.
Not content to rest on their laurels, the editors of Obscura will be working with the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan. Starting next semester, high school students will be invited to submit their fiction, poetry, and artwork for a special section of the Spring 2012 issue of Obscura.
"We think it's a great way to present Lehman to high school students," says Professor Terrence Cheng, chair of the English Department. "It's also an opportunity for high school students to get a taste of what lies ahead in college—the higher standards, the competition, and collaborative projects and products like Obscura."