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Teens' works published in Flip the Page

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Three Gahanna Lincoln High School students have been published in the 2013 edition of Flip the Page, central Ohio's teen literary magazine.

Gahanna sophomores Sidney Strauss, Natalie Goldfein-Killilea and Megan Weible are among 56 students to have their works published in the literary journal that features short stories, poetry, essays and other types of writing by central Ohio teens.

Strauss submitted a prose piece called Underneath the White.

"I got involved when my Honors English teacher presented the idea of being published in Flip the Page," she said. "Being published is a huge honor, and it's always something I aimed to do in my lifetime."

Strauss said she would consider writing as a career.

Flip the Page editor Kathy Matthews said she received more than 130 submissions from all over central Ohio.

"We put them through a submissions process," she said. "I have a committee of teen writers, and they read each piece and rate it. We discuss what pieces will go into the journal."

This year the publication authors came from Gahanna, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Franklin Heights, Dublin, New Albany, Bexley, Grove City, Powell, Columbus, Worthington and New Concord.

Students from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students, were accepted into Flip the Page. Writers ranged from seventh-grade students to college freshman.

Every January, a request for submissions is sent to middle and high schools throughout central Ohio and local libraries.

"Teachers are immensely helpful with getting the word out to students," Matthews said. "Many schools don't have literary magazines, or their magazines have been cut due to budgetary concerns, so Flip the Page fills a real need by providing teen writers with an opportunity to publish their creative work. We had a great response from Gahanna."

Flip the Page is published by Thurber House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and home of humorist, author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber.

Thurber House is a nonprofit literary center and museum whose stated mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue Thurber's legacy of humor.

Flip the Page first was published in 2009, thanks to the partnership of writer and art educator Kelli Trinoskey and Thurber House. The magazine initially was published through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

All accepted writers receive a complimentary copy of the magazine and an opportunity to read their work at the annual Columbus Arts Festival.

For more information about Flip the Page, email flipthepage@thurberhouse.org.

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