DAMARISCOTTA — Skidompha Library recently announced the publication of its third volume of teen creative work, EPOCH.

The “Literary Magazine for Teens by Teens” published its first volume in December 2017 with the intention of creating a public outlet for young artists, according to a news release from the library. The most recent volume contains artwork, short fiction and poetry by 28 local young adults. Free copies are available at the library at 184 Main St.

“EPOCH creates a space outside of the classroom for young people in our community to be celebrated and their voices amplified,” said Kelsey Gibbs, Skidompha Library director of communications, according to the release. “It’s incredibly meaningful for young people to see a physical representation of their creative work. It’s a great feeling to hand a featured artist a copy of the latest magazine and see their face light up! There’s nothing like seeing your name in print.”

A small and tight-knit team worked on EPOCH Volume 3 including Gibbs, three youth editors, and adult writing mentors Gordon Clark, of Damariscotta, and Andrea Vassallo, of Newcastle. The editorial board gathered six times throughout the fall to discuss submissions from their peers, propose edits, and lay out the magazine. Gibbs took the board’s vision, provided layout and graphic design, and worked with Lincoln County Publishing Company to bring the magazine to life, according to the release.

Special recognition should be given to the many educators who took time to correspond with the editors and inspire their students to submit their creative work.

The next issue of EPOCH (Volume 4) is due to be published in May. Artists and writers (ages 12 to 18) can submit their artwork and writing to the Editorial Board by emailing [email protected] by Friday, March 1. The Editorial Board also is accepting applications to join the board; note your interest and include an introductory paragraph in your email.

This project is partially funded by an anonymous grant that supports youth programming.

Skidompha Library has been supporting community since 1885.

For more information, visit skidompha.org.

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