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Openings - New Literary and Visual Arts Magazine

This attempt at serving is the greatest privilege and the greatest joy that I know,” said author Madeleine L’Engle of her efforts to always “serve the work” each time she wrote.

For Christian artists, serving the work is a means by which they also serve their Creator. Students at Trinity recently shared their work with the College community through the new literary and visual arts magazine Openings. The magazine is a collection of poems, essays, and photographs submitted by Trinity students and alumni.

Marissa De Haan ’10 of Hanford, California, served as editor in chief. De Haan, who will be studying abroad in Oxford next semester, said she hopes to see the magazine published each semester.

During a reception on December 3, selections from Openings were read by student writers. Assistant professors of English Karen Dieleman and Jenny Douglas read work from alumni contributors.

Rebecca Vander Wilt ’09 of Freeport, Illinois, authored the poem “Servant.” Vander Wilt shared that during her Semester in Spain she was inspired by the painting Cristo en Casa de Mara y Maria by Velazquez while she was in Spanish art history class. “I remember jotting notes on the poem during class and felt guilty about thinking in English,” she told those attending the reception.

Copies of Openings can be found around campus or obtained by contacting

The Openings staff:

Editor in Chief—Marissa De Haan ’10 of Hanford, California
Assistant editors—Aaron Carpenter ’09 of Palos Heights, Illinois; Caitlin McCarthy ’09 of Byron Center, Michigan; Jacob Szafranski ’09 of Avon, Ohio
Art director and editor—Abby Christensen ’11 of Nampa, Idaho
Layout designer—Caleb Mulder ’11 of Wheatfield, Indiana
Faculty advisors—Bill Boerman-Cornell, Peter Clevering ’01, Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73

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