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Students finish new Spanish magazine remotely

May 14, 2020

Arenales magazine cover

Work on the first issue of a digital literary magazine in Spanish began in the classroom during the spring semester. Students in a literature survey course, Studies in Contemporary Latin American Literature, created their own submissions and compiled those of other contributors, according to Dr. Gregory Helmick, associate professor of Spanish.

When in-class studies ended, the students worked remotely to put the finishing touches on a new magazine titled Arenales — a word meaning sandbar or sandy terrains — that will be available online in May, Helmick said. “The first issue will feature the work of UNF students as well as that of outside contributors, including original poetry submitted by the noted Colombian writer Marta Quiñónez,” Helmick said. “This is kind of great because Quiñónez is one of the writers that we studied, and she is now contributing to our students’ own creative enterprise.”

The cover art is part of a three-part piece (titled “Earthly Perspectives and Beyond”) contributed to the magazine by Sana Sherif, a graduate of the American University in Cairo, who met the magazine’s co-editor Amarilys Sánchez while studying abroad in Greece. In addition to Sánchez, students Georgina Wilson, Hannah Meiners and Rachel Meiners served as the first editorial board of the literary magazine, which is expected to be published twice a year, in January and May.