Our experiences with books are truly unique. Some people love the smell of a new book, or an old one from their childhood. Others love used books and finding inscriptions and scribbles from previous readers. We remember our grandparents libraries and we know what it's like to curl up with a book you love and become absorbed in it. However, our favourite books don't just appear in our hands one day - we know what we like and how to find it. Sometimes, we even make books ourselves. That's where writing comes in. Whether we write down grocery lists, essays, signatures, or even curse exams by scratching away at the wood in our favourite carrels, our writing shows at least something that was on our mind at the time. Some things we write will vanish over time while others attempt to become immortalized in print. Whether you knew it or not, The English Student Association at Lakehead provides an opportunity for publishing all kinds of literature in the form of our very own literary magazine called The Artery.
The Artery was first published in 2008 and has since released fourteen editions with more on the way. You don't have to be a current student to submit - The Artery features writing from students, faculty, and alumni (as long as they went to Lakehead). So far, there has been anything from plays to short stories, haikus, jokes, letters, essays, limericks, and the list goes on. The Artery is a book, but so much more at the same time. In our bodies, arteries pump oxygenated blood away from our heart. By giving our stories oxygen to breathe, we bring them to life and send them away from our hearts. Our stories are the blood, providing you with the literary nutrients you need to keep you alive and healthy.