While social media is used on a daily basis for entertainment purposes, next week it will be used to launch The Reflector’s latest edition.
The book, which is being pushed online due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, will launch April 30 on Facebook and Instagram, and will publish PDFs of its books to its digital archives at the end of the semester.
The Reflector staff shared an Instagram post telling writers to record themselves reading their piece that would have been in the paperback version for this year. Then, the staff will edit the multiple videos and post them on their social media pages.
“It will highlight the work we have published in 2020 editions of The Reflector and our three ‘Spawning Pools,’ which are subgroups of The Reflector,” Anna D’Orazio, editor-in-chief of The Reflector, said.
The Reflector ran into challenges when the coronavirus closed SU this spring.
“We were in the midst of preparing to have The Reflector published,” D’Orazio said. “We had to create an entirely new timeline for production that was both realistic and understanding of everyone’s changing schedule.”
The Reflector also had to cancel spoken poet Joshua Bennet’s visit to campus on April 1, as well as its launch party planned for April 23.
However, The Reflector staff did not give up after hearing SU would go virtual for the rest of the semester.
“Our staff has worked diligently throughout the year and have surpassed all of our highest expectations,” D’Orazio said. “We not only wanted their hard work to still be shown, but to show off all the incredible authors and artists we are publishing this year.”
Anyone whose work has been published in the 2020 edition of The Reflector, or any of the three editions of the “Spawning Pool” and wants to be included on the virtual launch, should email The Reflector at firstname.lastname@example.org.