Archarios is a literary art magazine that releases on CINO Day at Coastal Carolina once a year. They are an entirely student-run organization on campus, which was founded by Visual Arts professor Paul Olsen, who just recently retired from his position as advisor of the magazine.
The magazine will be taking submissions for the 27th edition from Feb. 12 to Feb. 15 and submissions can range from poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
To gain admittance into this year’s literature and art magazine, there is a voting committee compiled of faculty and staff of the organization with the addition of help from the English department.
The voting process is governed by which pieces of artwork is best in the eyes of the organization. For the purpose of not stifling creativity of students, they have decided that there will be no theme. Voters don’t pick the artists by name because it is anonymous – every artist name is erased so that there is no partiality to a particular person.
Robert Sperduto is a senior at Coastal Carolina and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Archarios. He talked about what the magazine is all about.
“Archarios publishes artwork, poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction,” said Sperduto. “We handle it different for each of their mediums and what images invoke in our minds the strongest. Also, if it’s contemporary for the times, touches on certain emotions or gives a complete narrative that will linger in our thoughts.”
With the help of Archarios’ award winning publication, this can be the first step for students who want to pursue a career and attain more awards after time spent at the university. This will give students more reputability and credibility with an award under your belt, which would assist in getting students noticed in the future.
“Not many people know that we are here, and I’d like to change that around. But look out for us, because we plan on having a larger presence. We are going to have a movie night and an English bizarre after the release of the edition,” said Sperduto. “Also, thinking of the idea of an art gallery would be good to increase popularity on campus.”
While there is differentiation between staff and submitting artists, staff can also submit their own work if they feel the need to do so.
“Most of the art that we receive is very cultural – dealing with identities and background of where people come from," said Sperduto. "Additionally, environmental pieces are also a trend we’ve seen a lot."
Sperduto mentioned that he would like to see the magazine published before CINO Day, which happens close to the end of the Spring semester.
"Although, it is a matter of budgeting our magazine, I would like to see the magazine released earlier," said Sperduto. "That way we have a larger portion of the student population viewing it and seeing the amount of work put into it.”
Sperduto talked about the new experience of creating a magazine and how he looks forward to the challenge.
“Before this, I’ve never created a magazine, so to have the opportunity to work alongside other students and to conjure up a magazine with a very hands-off approach from professors is a very humbling experience,” says Sperduto. “By having that responsibility now, it prepares me for when I’m in a professional field and gives me the experience to say I’ve done this myself.”
After graduation, Sperduto will have a creative writing degree and plans to write his own novel or short story. He eventually wants to also write his own screenplays in the movie industry.
The magazine took submissions back in November that will published in this year's edition. The magazine will be released on CINO Day 2018 which is Apr. 20.