1st issue of library quarterly features nautical art, poems

Photo courtesy of Sergei Bogatchev/The Catch

The inaugural issue of The Catch, a creative journal published by Cordova Public Library, features 28 pieces of poetry, essays, photography and visual art.

Librarian Jillian Gold, who edited the issue, said she was pleased so many people submitted content, but hoped more would be sent in for future issues.

“I was really happy that so many people contributed to a first-time endeavor, and I expect it to grow from there,” Gold said. “I entered without expectations, so that was helpful.”

While working on the issue, Gold gave herself a crash course in page layout design and document binding. Work included in the issue included submissions from well known Cordova creatives as well as fishing fleet workers Gold hadn’t heard from previously.

Print copies of the journal can be found at the library, the Cordova Historical Museum, The Whale’s Tale café and The Net Loft crafting store. Though the first issue wasn’t designed with widespread print sale in mind, the public has expressed enough interest that the journal may make more print copies of future issues available for purchase, Gold said.

“It’s been very rewarding, and I see plenty of room for future improvement,” Gold said.Submissions for the second issue of The Catch will be accepted through Sept. 15 at jillian.cordovapubliclibrary@gmail.com. The theme for the second issue will be “the harvest.” The previous submission size limit of 1 megabyte is no longer in place.