(noun) a tent made of canvas fabric
(noun) a large piece of fabric by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
(verb) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
(noun) the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account
Naming our magazine was the very first challenge we faced as a literary board. We wanted our title to mean something to us rather than just be a pretty sounding word or a clever pun.
We debated word after word for hours. With each one, we asked: When stripped down to nothing but a definition, how much weight did this word really carry?
Finally, after two meetings of not finding anything that felt right, someone threw out the word “canvas” into the room.
“Tent:” The first definition of canvas is “a tent made of canvas fabric.” A tent is a place of solace, something that protects us from the elements. We hope that Canvas helps you find solace and connection.
“Fabric that propels:” The second definition of canvas is “a large piece of fabric by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel.” We want this journal to propel teens into writing, sharing, and inspiring one another.
“To consider in detail:” The third definition is "to consider in detail and subject to analysis in order to discover essential features of meaning." Our contributors work is born of deeply considered detail, and we apply the same consideration to our selection process.
“Setting:” The fourth definition, “setting for a narrative of fictional or dramatic account,” references the backdrop to a piece of fiction. In turn, our stories and poems help us define the world we live in, the canvas of our lives. Need we say more?
We hope you will find joy in the details of our ever-changing Canvas and join our community of readers, contributors, and supporters.