CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review is a national literary magazine, founded in 1970 by Writer-in-Residence and Professor Emeritus Ronald H. Bayes, which is published annually by St. Andrews College Press. We publish poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews, and we strive to include works by authors young and old, new and established.
What is the purpose of the club and what occurs at meetings?
The magazine publishes poems, fictions, essays and reviews by writers in the Review’s home state of North Carolina as well as by writers from all over the US and from other countries. A purpose of the magazine, then, is to maintain its tradition of a high standard of work, which has the pleasant effect of carrying the name of St. Andrews to places near and far in a way that presents and has presented an image in keeping with the outstanding liberal-arts character of the College. The week-by-week operations of the CAIRN, as these occur in our area of the Press office, offer important opportunities for student members who assist with the several aspects of producing the magazine: corresponding with writers, reading submissions, editing (choosing and organizing contents, selecting a cover, distributing the magazine after printing. Students who work on the production of CAIRN may receive academic credit, under the title of Publications.
How often the club meets, and what they do at the meetings?
During the first semester, CAIRN meets officially two times a week, on Monday and Friday afternoons. Second semester, CAIRN meets three times a week, usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, to accomplish the tasks indicated above.
How are student representatives chosen?
Each year, a student is chosen as Associate Editor and works in conjunction with the Editor, a position currently held by Creative Writing professor Dr. Thomas Heffernan, to see the process of creating a literary magazine through from opening the first submission all the way to publication. In addition to the Associate Editor, other students assist with tasks related to publishing CAIRN. First and foremost, the involved students should be well-versed in reading and editing. Additionally, the Associate Editor must keep hours in the Press Office (located in the Liberal Arts building), receive and sort submissions, respond to inquiries, solicit manuscripts from visiting writers, read manuscripts, notify authors of the decision of the Editor, learn to use publishing software, report to the Editor on a regular basis, and so on. The position of Associate Editor requires a great deal of time and commitment. Other students may assist the Editors with various tasks. This experience of working on the staff of CAIRN can be very beneficial to Creative Writing or English or other students who plan to enter the field of publishing after graduation as well as those who intend to pursue a graduate degree.
Thomas Heffernan (club advisor) and Caitlin Johnson (editor)