Unrecognized Literary Magazine at PV

2015-2016 edition of Freehand.

2015-2016 edition of Freehand.

Alex Monroe, Journalist

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According to a recent poll, 95% of the school is ignorant about PV’s literary magazine, Freehand.

Freehand is the school’s literary magazine that was started two years ago. It is ran by Mr. Hall who also oversees The Trojan Wall and yearbook. The magazine allows students to submit their own writings and have them featured in a magazine for others to read. It could be something they wrote in their free time, or an essay they are proud of, it just has to be their original work.

After pieces are selected for the magazine, they go to Mr. Tirado and his advanced art students. They bring life to student’s writing with their illustrations. Mr. Tirado thinks this brings artists and writers together and says, “Collaboration is key to a community.”

Freehand is a great opportunity for students to express themselves and start featuring their writing. Even if you don’t contribute, Freehand is a great keepsake to have so you can look back on PV’s talent and creativity.

Unfortunately, though, the magazine has had a bit of a rough start.

Mr. Hall wasn’t able to publish last year’s annual edition because of low participation. Whether it was due to students being uninterested, or their obvious lack of knowledge, the issue has muffled PV students’ voices.

If the problems do not repeat themselves, this could be Freehand’s second year. To get more

people aware of the magazine, both students and teachers suggested that there should be more information passed out, more encouragement from the school and faculty, and more talk about it on the announcements.

If Freehand sounds like something you would like to be apart of, you can start submitting your original stories/poems/essays today at [email protected]. Deadline for submissions is December 1st, and a list of the people who made it onto the magazine should be posted on The Trojan Wall by December 22nd.


You can get your issue of Freehand at the media center or counselor’s office at the end of the year.

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