🎉🎂 Happy 2nd Bday, Carolina Muse! 🎂🎉

 

I cannot believe it has been two years since Madison, our editor-in-chief, unveiled the concept of Carolina Muse Literary & Arts Magazine and we opened submissions for the first time. Ever since she called me to ask if I'd like to participate in the beauty that is this magazine, I have felt blessed to work with a wonderful team and surround myself with amazing creators!

 

The beauty of our magazine is that we showcase creators from all backgrounds, identities, and artistic interests through a multimedia medium that allows their art to flourish in all of its many forms! Because we can include videos, songs, photos, and written text, we are able to represent multiple art forms by creators of all types.

 

So, in honor of Carolina Muse's second birthday, we here at the magazine wanted to take this time to highlight some of the amazing things that Carolina Muse has accomplished since September 16, 2020!

   

CM By the Numbers

Digital vs. Print

  • Print Copies Sold: 426

  • Views for our digital magazine: 14,881 !!!

Multimedia vs. Written Text

  • Minutes of multimedia videos published: 110 minutes or 6,598 seconds (Includes music videos, dance videos, multimedia visual art, and spoken word poetry!)

  • Word count of published short stories/scripts: 53,192

  • Word count of published poems: 19,550

Visual Art

  • Visual art pieces published: 138

Creators from the Carolinas

  • From the Carolinas: 142

  • Have a connection to the Carolinas: 47

  • Other or unknown location: 17

Minority Voices

  • Creators of Color: 39

  • Creators Who Identify as LGBTQIA+: 21

Quotes from Creators

Here are some quotes from our wonderful creators and some examples of their work!

 

Published in Vol. II Issue I, Portland-based poet Moxxy Rogers used to spend her summers in North Carolina as a child, and has yearned to return ever since, said when she was first published with us: "I am so stoked to be published in Carolina Muse, thank you to the editors and everyone it took to make this possible!"

 

Find Moxxy's poetry in Volume II, Issue I.

Ronnie Becker enthusiastically explains that they are "so excited to be published in your magazine!" Check out Ronnie's poetry reading on our Instagram to hear more! And of course, find an excerpt of their poem "Storage Space" from our latest edition below. 

Now that you're motivated to include your own numbers in our magazine, here's some info on how to submit (or flip through all our issues🤗):

  • Visit our submission guidelines and submit your creative work (poetry, dance, music, visual art, short stories/scripts) by midnight on Wednesday, August 31st!

  • Check out our latest issue!

  • And, don't forget, we have stickers, designed in-house, to help you show off your CM love!

    • Purchase one for $3, and each additional sticker is just $1! 

NC Events

  • Celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in Raleigh at La Fiesta del Pueblo on September 18th, featuring live music, dance, traditional foods, arts and crafts vendors, and more!

  • Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors is coming up September 24th in Winston Salem. The Festival brings together "authors of national, regional and local renown as well as emerging authors to share their work and love of reading, to increase exposure to books, and to improve education." 

  • Check out Mountain Heritage Day on Western Carolina's campus to celebrate Appalachian culture! This is a one-day festival that is a "combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, dance, and song."

SC Events

  • For the first time since COVID, you can check out some amazing food and music at Spartanburg's Greek Festival, September 16-18th. 

  • Columbia is hosting their 44th Jubilee to celebrate Black history and culture on September 17th! This free outdoor festival brings musicians, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s Black history and culture.

  • The MOJA Arts Festival is coming to Charleston September 29-October 9th. Check out this amazing celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture!

   

CREATIVE ARTS INSPIRATION

from our team

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Ashley Pratt

visual art

Madison Foster

poetry