Pluma

Pluma is a literary magazine in Spanish, was founded to foment creative expression in Spanish and to enrich dialogue about the cultures of Spanish speakers around the globe. We seek to create a more unified community of Spanish speakers on our own campus and in our community.

Contact: Ashley Oakes '17 and Abigail Sterns '17

Constitution

History

Pluma was started in 2013 by students and professors in the Department of Romance Languages who were looking for an outlet for creative expression in Spanish, akin to the work done by Muse in the English-language arena. Therefore, to be more precise, we are an interdisciplinary group of peers seeking creative literature as well as photography and art to reflect the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Mission

Pluma is a literary magazine in Spanish, was founded to foment creative expression in Spanish and to enrich dialogue about the cultures of Spanish speakers around the globe. We seek to create a more unified community of Spanish speakers on our own campus and in our community.

Constitution

This constitution is an updated version of the draft from 2013, and was approved by the group of editors in 2015-16. This current version has been circulated among the current leadership (students and professors), revised according to the group's suggestions, and subsequently approved by all.

Description

As the first literary publication for Spanish speakers at Washington and Lee and in the Rockbridge area, Pluma supports creative expression in Spanish and discussion about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This project arose from a desire to establish a forum in which we can share our creative works of prose, poetry, music, and the plastic arts. With the support of the Department of Romance Languages, students actively participate in the process of writing, analyzing, selecting, and publishing the works for the magazine. Through this collective effort, we aim to enhance our use of the Spanish language and foment cultural awareness on campus and beyond.

Leadership

Pluma's leadership consists of an editorial team composed of one student editor-in-chief, who is supported by a team of 4-5 associate editors (students) and 1-3 faculty advisers. We do not conduct elections as yet, but rather appoint editors from the pool of students interested in creative expression in Spanish.

Requirements for membership: Members of the editorial team are Washington and Lee students and professors, as well as staff from SVU language department. The only requirements are an ability to communicate in Spanish and a desire to foment creative production in Spanish.