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November 19, 2009

As Co-editor of La Salle University’s Literary Magazine,
Danielle Haffer Helps Students Find an Outlet for Their Art

Danielle Haffer, as co-editor of La Salle University’s literary magazine Grimoire, serves the campus by providing an outlet for artistic expression.

Last year she and the Grimoire staff were worried about the number of submissions, but Haffer said, “we got a ton. La Salle writers are getting better." She and other staff members vote on and choose submissions anonymously. “We try to be as fair as possible because we can’t fit everything in," said Haffer, a graduate of JFK Memorial High School, in Iselin, N.J., where she was an arts and entertainment editor for the school newspaper.

“This is my first year as senior editor. I work on advertising, collect submissions, and design the magazine," said Haffer, who is a senior majoring in communication and English.

The core group of eight to ten members usually meets every Thursday to discuss submissions. “It’s nice having a small group. We can all become friends," said Haffer, who’s been on the magazine’s staff since her freshmen year.

“We hold writer’s exchanges, which are open to anyone. Some members read their own work. We critique each other and give pointers," said Haffer. Though the magazine receives mostly fiction and photographic submissions, it is open to any genre. “The magazine isn’t limited to just prose and poetry. We accept some non-fiction, artwork, and even song lyrics," she said.

“She's very dedicated to the laborious process of putting out a literary journal; she's also dedicated to the Grimoire as an organization that serves people generally interested in the arts," said Kevin Grauke, a La Salle English professor and faculty advisor to the magazine.

Haffer also cited the help given to the magazine by the staff of La Salle’s student newspaper, the Collegian. “We rely on their help every year. They let us use their computers. We want to maintain a strong relationship with them," said Haffer.

-- Rob Fierro