Humans of Spectrum: Peija Anderson
Why did you decide to participate in the production of Spectrum?
I decided to take Literary Publishing this quarter because I knew it would make me a part of the Spectrum staff and I really wanted to get involved in a literary magazine on campus. My current role is just being a regular staff member, I’m not an editor or specialize in any genre yet. But, I hope to get more involved next year as an editor because I really enjoyed reading all the submissions with the people who work on Spectrum.
What do you look for in the submissions that you receive for the magazine?
When I read the submissions, I looked for writing that had a distinct, unique voice. I always like to think, especially when multiple genres are included, how did the author use their chosen genre to enhance the content of their writing? Could this text be more impactful or interesting as a poem/novella/dramatic scene? When a piece fits, and I can tell that the writer is conscious of it, I almost always loved it and voted for it to be published. With Spectrum being a literary magazine, I was also aware of the size of the piece. If something was particularly long, I’d have to think of the other pieces that would need to be cut for it to be published. But, in general, I look for something that catches my eye, has me engaged with every line, and doesn’t need developmental editing.
What genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art) of Spectrum interests you most, and what about it speaks to you?
Surprisingly, I found that the art of Spectrum interested me the most, which was unexpected because I prefer writing nonfiction and poetry. I liked it because I felt like it was easier to make quick decisions about it. It was more accessible to me and I liked pairing the writing with art that fit with it. I think the relationship and balance between the two is really important.