Have you seen the Black venting machine on the 3rd Floor Ballroom? If not, go see it’s there. This black venting machine isn’t filled with snacks or gatorades, it is filled with books that are enjoyable for everyone. The groups in charge of organizing this event are the Hand and Head Press and the 4th Floor lit mag, which began collaborating in the spring 2013. The fourth floor is ran by SLA students and the Hand and Head press is a separate writing company with professional authors.
It was placed there at 6 pm Wednesday, on December 3rd, for a kick off event hosted by both groups. Currently, In the machine there’s a total of six books by both SLA students and professional authors. There’s A chain of paper dolls by Autumn Konopka, Believe by Tara Altebrando, Margot & Moises by Liliam Rivera, Fade to Black by Robert Marx, In memory of Lester by Jennifer Hubbar, and Mad by Ruby Jane Anderson.
One of the editors from the 4th floor Lit mag, Junior Leo Levy, says, “This vending machine is for chapter books which are short stories published, independently by high school students and the Hand in the Hand press authors. Each book costs $2 and its an opportunity to get SLA kids work recognized and help them understand even though they’re teenagers, they can still be dedicated, committed, active artists and writers and thinkers. This will impact the SLA community by it being a source of pride cause more than anything else, it shows they’re able to produce work comfortably with professional writers.”
Another editor of the 4th floor Lit mag, Junior Anna Sugrue, says, “There’s a group of writers who sit down read pieces and talk about them and try to hear from everyone and come to a decision as a group and the collaboration is essential in their writing process.”
To learn more about the 4th Floor magazine or to get involved with their group, they meet weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays in Mrs. Pahomov’s room.