Throwback Thursday: “The Rabbit ‘Telula’” and “Dog Spit in Space”

It’s that time again, and this week we’re throwing back to one of our more… unconventional spreads, featuring “The Rabbit ‘Telula’” by Doug Walters and “Dog Spit in Space” by Emily Quinn, both from the Spring 2013 issue. We love the pairing of a rather mystical nature poem with such an odd, surreal oil painting!

The staff is staying busy putting together our Fall issue, so stay tuned for updates on our progress, sneak peeks of the new edition, and event announcements!

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Friday Favorites

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It’s Friday, and We Are Flashing Back!

Guess what? It is Friday, and we’re flashing back! With Homecoming right around the corner, here’s a poem by Rachel Davis and a photograph by Laura Raye May, both from our Spring 2013 issue, to celebrate! Hope everyone enjoys Homecoming!
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Meet Mary Cole: A Life of “Bad Puns and Mom Hugs”

This Monday we are taking a peek into the marvelous life of Mary Cole Daulton, our Visual Arts Section Editor. Stay tuned to see whose life we invade next.

What is your position at Auburn Circle? And what is it like?
My position is Visual Arts Section Editor, so it is my job to lead the section members, and together we vote on which art submissions go in the book! It’s so fun to see all the different kinds of art Auburn students make–oil painting, watercolor painting, quick sketches, detailed charcoal drawings, photography, murals, collages, and graphic design.

What is your favorite thing the Circle does each year?
My favorite Circle event is Snaps, our biannual publication party! We get to highlight the best of the magazine and really celebrate our authors and artists because if they didn’t submit, we wouldn’t have anything to publish. I love creating a little Circle art museum by displaying the art from the magazine and showing everyone how talented Auburn students are.

If you had to pick one GIF to describe your life what would it be?







What’s your major and why did you pick it?
I am majoring in graphic design! I was on the staff of my high school lit mag, and I fell in love with the process of design and publication. And I love how hands-on my homework is–although, “love” isn’t the adjective I use when its 3 a.m. and I’m cutting my mounting board for the third time.

Favorite place to go in Auburn:
Hobby Lobby. I can be dangerous in there.

Name your top 5 pieces of literature:
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

What’s it like to be in the life of Mary Cole Daulton?
The life of Mary Cole Daulton includes a lot of mildly snarky commentary, tons of bad puns, “mom hugs,” stress, more stress, and a lot of clumsiness.

Who would you pick to play yourself in a movie about you? Why?
Mindy Kaling–we’re pretty much twins.

If you could sing one song on X-Factor, what would it be?
“Midnight Train to Georgia”–it’s my go to karaoke song.

Most embarrassing moment in college so far?
I was walking across a parking lot, and as I stepped off the curb onto the crosswalk, I twisted my ankle and completely fell to the ground. A car was waiting for me to walk across and the guy saw the whole thing, so I popped up really quickly and just yelled “I’m good! I’m good!” with two thumbs up as I limped out of his way.

If you were a box of cereal, what would you be?
Honey Bunches of Oats

If they named a new crayon color after you, what would it be and why?
229, 255, 105 = Proemial Yellow: An introduction to insanity

Circle or square pizza?
Square box, square pizza. However here at the Circle we like things to be rounded and spherical, so I’ll say Circle pizza.

If you could throw a parade of any caliber through the Circle office what type of parade would it be?

I’d throw a submissions parade and I would throw candy at everyone just to remind that the Circle is always a’round. (Bad pun!!!!)

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Throwback Thursday: “Sky, Bar”

It’s Thursday and time for a Throwback! And in honor of the weekend almost being here –thank goodness!–here’s a poem by Cary Bayless, from our Fall 2012 issue!
Sky, Bar by Cary Bayless
Whether you’re making plans to head downtown or going out to the trails, don’t forget, Submissions are due THIS Friday!
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Top 12 Reasons You Should Submit to the Auburn Circle

We are T-minus 6 days until the submission deadline. Check out the top 12 reasons you should submit.

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The First Step: Submissions

The Auburn Circle is accepting submissions now until September 19. For more info, visit

There are as many dreams and aspirations as there are people in the world, and for some, the first step of that journey begins when something he or she has created gets published for the world to see. Many choose art, of all forms, as a creative outlet; others strive to make a career out of it. Regardless, all of these people have one thing in common: creativity, no matter what the motive be. And at The Auburn Circle, our goal is to make your work available for the world to see.

We are accepting submissions now until September 19th to be considered for publication in our Fall 2014 edition. If you are interested in having your work published or have any questions, please visit or email us at Each semester we readily accept and sift through hundreds of submissions, and we can’t wait to see what you bring to The Auburn Circle!

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The Design Process

Have you ever wondered how exactly The Auburn Circle comes into existence each semester? Our editor-in-chief, Shelby Rice, shares a taste of what it’s like to put together the magazine each semester. The upcoming Spring 2014 issue will be Shelby’s 4th issue as editor-in-chief, so be on the lookout for the recently completed masterpiece, available as early as April 22 at our 4th biannual launch party, SNAPS.

Q: On average, how many hours does it take to put together each issue? 

A: “From start to finish, it probably takes somewhere between 125-150 man hours to put the magazine together. That number includes the hours that staff members put into evaluating submissions, the hours the section editors spend designing their pages, and the hours that I spend finishing the magazine.”

Q: Which part of the process usually takes the longest? 

A: “The step that takes the most hours is evaluating the submissions. I would estimate that my staff spends a total of 100-125 hours reviewing the submissions we receive and determining whether or not they want to publish them.”

Q: What programs do you use to create the magazine? 

A: “The main program we use to design the magazine is Adobe InDesign CS5.5. We also use Photoshop when we’re working on the visual arts spreads.”

Q: Stylistically, what are some differences between The Auburn Circle and other popular magazines? 

A: “The Auburn Circle is quite different stylistically from popular magazines, because we have to balance pictures, graphic design, art, etc. with the written pieces. In most popular magazines, the emphasis is on the text, and the pictures are secondary. However, with the Circle, we try to balance both the text and the pictures equally, so that the pictures enhance the text and vice versa.”

Q: Is there a certain order when it comes to designing the magazine? 

A: “Normally, we pick the font color first, and it’s been happy serendipity that the covers have matched the inside color for the past three semesters. However, this semester, I picked a font color that clashed with the cover, so we had to backtrack and pick a new color based on the cover. But we always pick the cover before we start designing the rest of the magazine, so at that point in the process, changing the color wasn’t difficult.

After picking the cover and the font color, I generally like to start with the prose pieces (fiction and nonfiction), because they’re the easiest to layout.

Then we move on to poetry, which is a bit more difficult. We have to find a way to fit both the poem and the pictures that go with it on the page, which can be challenging, because sometimes the shape of the poem and the picture are just too much to fit on one page.

After poetry, we move on to the visual arts layouts, which basically entails filling in the blank pages with photographs. This sounds easy, but it’s often quite difficult to find pictures that have a similar subject or look to them so that it makes sense to pair them together.

Finally, when all the pages are in the order that they’ll be printed, I fill in the table of contents and write my letter from the editor. And that’s it. After all that, we have a magazine that’s ready to be sent off to the printer.”

Q: What is the biggest challenge that the Circle faces when it comes to designing the magazine? 

A: “The biggest challenge is two-fold. First of all, it’s really difficult to fit in all of the submissions that the staff wants to publish. On average, we receive over 200 submissions each semester, and the staff okays about 35-40% of those submissions. However, we have a limited amount of pages, and not everything can go into the magazine. I do my best to include all of the submissions that the staff wants published, but sometimes it’s just not possible. Then we have the second part of the challenge. Because we don’t set a theme ahead of time, all of the submissions we receive are completely different. Setting a tone for the magazine and finding a way to put all of those submissions together so it makes sense is extremely difficult.”

Q: What’s your favorite part about the design process? 

A: “My favorite part of the design process is seeing an entire magazine come into being. Before we start designing, I set up a blank template – all the pages that are going to be in the magazine are there, but they’re empty. It’s very gratifying to see those blank pages slowly be filled into until we eventually have a finished magazine. ”


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Meet the Staff: Michelle Bangson

Hey Circle readers, meet your managing editor for the 2013-2014 school year, Michelle Bangson! Michelle is a junior in professional and public writing. She started putting her writing skills to work at the Circle as a copy editor her sophomore year.

“The best part is getting to read everything and getting to read it first and make sure it’s really perfect,” she said. She’s never submitted anything of her own to The Circle because she prefers reading to writing.

Michelle said her favorite submission ever sent into the Circle is “Makes Your Heart Move” by Paul Vance, featured in the Fall 2012 issue.

When asked about the hardest part about working for The Circle, she laughed and said there wasn’t anything hard about it. (Michelle, we’ll get back to you about that comment when distribution comes around in April.)

Michelle said her favorite book was “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, although it was really hard for her to pick a favorite. She also had a hard time picking a literary character she’d like to meet, but eventually settled on a kid classic.

“I’d like to meet the hungry caterpillar from Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and take a selfie with it,” she said. “Just kidding! I would like to meet the Wife of Bath, though. That’d be a fun time.”

With so many best sellers going to the big screen lately, Michelle gave us her two cents on movie adaptations of classics.

“As a kid I loved the movie “Matilda,” which is, of course, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl book,” she said. “Matilda was bookish like me, and what kid doesn’t wish for telekinetic powers?”

However, there are a couple movie adaptations Michelle isn’t a big fan of.

“There have been some truly awful book-to-movie adaptations – looking at you, “Scarlet Letter” with Demi Moore ­– but personally, my least favorite is “My Sister’s Keeper” because you just can’t change which character dies,” she said. “You just can’t.”

Which book-to-movie adaptations do you like? Which ones can’t you stand? Comment below to let us know!





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Friday Favorites

Coming back from spring break isn’t easy. Especially when the ever-indecisive Alabama weather decides to greet returning students with a lovely dose of cold and rainy Monday. But despite the dreary start, post-spring break week has definitely had its bright and sunshiney moments. Here’s some of the Circle’s favorites for this week:


Bruce Pearl is back on the Plains, and we’re loving it! Who cares about the dreary post-spring break weather when we get to have this crazy cat ruling the Jungle? Miss the epic press conference on Tuesday? Here’s a link to the video.

2. This Week’s Episode of Auburn Sings

While the Circle staff has been busy designing a magazine that showcases some of Auburn’s best artistic talent, our friends at Eagle Eye TV have been on the hunt for some of Auburn’s best musical talent. This week’s episode of Auburn Sings was by far one of our highlights of the week! Be sure to check it out here to see the final four sing for guest judges Sammie Coates and Miss Auburn, Meg McGuffin.

3. Art Meets Grammar

The piece of work in this Buzzfeed article combines design, literature and the art of grammar. How could we not favorite this? See the full article here.

4. $1 Books

If you’re looking to stock up on your favorite books or interested in trying a blind date with a new book, the Friends of the Auburn Public Library are hosting a book sale this Saturday (March 22), and almost all of the books will be on sale for either 50 cents or $1. To take part in the epic book sale, put the kindle down, head up to Dean Road Recreation Center from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., and trade in some quarters for a good, old-fashioned paperback. Books on a college budget. What’s not to love?

5. Sunny and Pleasant Weather 

Monday may have been dreary, but we are ending the week on a sunny and pleasant note! Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a wonderful Friday everyone!

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