The Christian Brothers Literary Arts Journal has a long history of sharing the creative talents of many students with the CB community. As a club that encourages students to submit their art, short stories, and poetry, the Journal provides a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday classes and allows students and teachers alike […]
The Christian Brothers Literary Arts Journal has a long history of sharing the creative talents of many students with the CB community. As a club that encourages students to submit their art, short stories, and poetry, the Journal provides a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday classes and allows students and teachers alike an insight into the current creative culture at CB.
The LAJ has a long and rich history at CB. Currently moderated by Mrs. Natalia Schorn ’00, LAJ has been around since the 80’s and originally was made up of student poems and art gathered by the teachers as an outlet for the creative talents of the student body.
“I took over in 2008 or 2009 from [English teacher] Ms. Cassetta, who had been running it since 2000.” Mrs. Schorn says. Since then, she has run LAJ with the purpose of showcasing student talent. The journal gives students “a venue for students to share their feelings, their opinions on society, love, heartbreak, heartache, loss…and a place to showcase their artwork and to inspire other people,” says Mrs. Schorn.
While the club itself is a hub of creative energy, this atmosphere has struggled at times to spread beyond the walls of room 302. This year’s LAJ editor Priya Sharma (‘20) and Mrs. Schorn have a few plans to encourage increased readership.
“We want to have a poetry session and invite students to bring their original poetry and say it aloud in a comfortable setting,” Priya says. At previous poetry slam events, students have read published poetry instead of their original works. By emphasizing originality, Priya and the other Journal members hope to encourage a creative and cozy atmosphere.
“We want to have the hot chocolate, the couches from the LSLO, kind of just jammed together in Schorn’s classroom,” Priya says.
Priya plans to use her connections to the Bullet Journal Club through her little sister Maya Sharma (‘22) to gain more underclassmen attendance. The members this year want to increase the club’s activity outside of May, when the actual physical journal comes out, through different activities and encouraging production of original work.
The influences of the past combined with Priya and and Mrs. Schorn’s hopes for the future will make for what looks like a great year ahead for the Literary Arts Journal.