Here's what the photography and poetry winners of the JUVEN Era Contest have to say about their craft, their process, community and themselves. Photography winner Sara Staker talks her photography journey, challenges; Poetry winner Ivi Hua talks rejection, her process, the meaning of her poem, and what's next on her TBR.
Juven is not a word, but it is the stem of a word "juvenile," but we decided against that because it didn't have the same ring. Juven is the companion literary magazine and press to The Young Writers Initiative. We wanted to rebrand and make Juven something that thrives on its own as well, and we do have some ambitious plans (like chapbooks, anthologies, and even novels). Juven is dedicated to youthful voices, but our press is not restricted to writers under 26 because we want to open the possibilities, but we're always looking for work that reminds us of that juven spirit.
But what does it mean be have a "juven" spirit with your writing?