Humans of Spectrum: Talia White, Web Editor
Updated: Jan 14, 2019
Why did you decide to participate in the production of Spectrum?
I’m very interested in pursuing a career in publishing, although I’m not sure which niche I’ll find myself in down the road. As of now, I’m considering becoming a book agent. So I’m on Spectrum to learn how the industry functions, and the various skills it necessitates. That’s why I chose to apply for the position I hold currently, Web Editor. I know that it may be a long time before I settle into a specific position. For that reason, I must be adaptable. From being both a reader and Web Editor, I now have some competency in copyediting and design. I’m so grateful for the hands-on work I’ve had the opportunity to do through my involvement with Spectrum.
What do you look for in the submissions that you receive for the magazine?
When I read through submissions, I’m not looking for anything other than what each author wants to show me. I always pick up each piece hopeful that its language and tone and shape match the author’s intent well. When it’s successful, I feel honored to be able to vote in favor of it.
What genre (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art) of Spectrum interests you most, and what about it speaks to you?
Recently I’ve been finding myself writing mostly creative nonfiction, both prose and poetry. But when it comes to submissions, I enjoy reading all genres. I learn a lot from other authors no matter where their writing falls. I also consider balance of genre representation, since Spectrum aims to publish any form that can be printed and is not built to highlight one particular genre. We want your stories and poems, but also your sheet music!
Can you share a story about your own writing?
The past year, I’ve shifted from writing primarily fiction vignettes to creative nonfiction and poetry. The small amount of space granted by vignettes and flash fiction teaches focus. Every word must count. In longer pieces, the rule is the same but it’s easier to forget. So I was able to study composition and clarity in shorter works. Now I apply these same techniques to writing on my own true stories and the people that have lived them with me. My pieces feel far more purposeful now, and I’m excited to see where they take me.