Authors Hear Works at Literary Festival

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Byline: Anthony Zoubek

Tomorrow's writers, poets and essayists gathered recently to read their literary works as Fenton High School in Bensenville held its annual Kaleidoscope Courtyard Festival.

Kaleidoscope is the name given to the Fenton literary magazine, geared at turning the spotlight upon student work.

Work on Kaleidoscope begins at the start of the school year when organizers set a deadline for entries to be turned in. Any student can submit his work. Student volunteers then gather under the wings of Anita Berkey, English teacher and longtime Kaleidoscope advisor, to sort through hundreds of entries, picking the ones they think should be included in the magazine.

The school's art department donates pictures for the magazine. Art students paint and draw many of the pictures. Photography students use their cameras to capture other images.

Once the magazine has been edited, its layout moves on to the school's graphics department, where teachers Rick Neubauer and Jeff Romani oversee its printing.

"There is a whole year's worth of dedication that goes into the pages of this magazine," Mrs. Berkey said.

There are awards for student works as well. …