Pitt-Bradford Unveils Online Edition of Literary Magazine | Way of life
BRADFORD — Baily’s Beads, the award-winning literary magazine from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, is returning to an in-person unveiling and celebration this year, but the new issue remains live.
In 2021, student staff produced their first online publication due to the coronavirus pandemic. This issue won awards from the American Scholastic Press Association, including Most Outstanding College Magazine for the seventh time since 2010 and first place with special merit. Editors of the 2021 digital issue will receive press association awards at the celebration. The editor of the honored issue was Hannah Wilton-Ruttan ’21.
Issue 2022 is edited and designed by Kameo Chambers, an interdisciplinary arts major from Philadelphia, who explains in her editor’s introduction that the issue’s theme is “Anomaly.” The cover was created by Allison Larrabee, an interdisciplinary arts specialist from Hinsdale, NY
“Anomalies in mask mandates, social distancing, online classes, and COVID precautions have had a huge impact on our community, just as similar restrictions have impacted the entire world,” Chambers wrote.
The issue will feature a new 3D art gallery and a special feature on writing and healing that grew out of a course taught by Dr. Nancy McCabe, writing teacher and consultant for the magazine.
Inclusion is another focus in the 2022 issue, which includes a creative non-fiction piece by Damian Challingsworth, a 7-12 year old social science student from Ridgway, who explains what it is like to discover the world from a neurodivergent perspective.
With the flexibility of an online publishing platform, the team began work on a special issue on the theme of identity.
Staff members described the project as follows: “Identity is a special multimedia feature aimed at a variety of backgrounds to showcase individuality and community. Examples of how identity can be interpreted are culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, race, nationality, and socioeconomic status. Playing an important role in our experience of the world, this special feature will allow our community members to convey their main facets of identity and, therefore, allow our readers to experience the world through their lenses through their work.
The magazine accepts photography, paintings, drawings, fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction as well as performance poetry accompanied by recordings of the performance, videos and recordings of original music. The deadline to submit to the Identity Project is March 15.