Campus Magazine Thó Wiŋ Wants Creativity and Diversity

Sarah Burke, Features editor

If you’re a creative of any kind, consider submitting to the next edition of Thó Wiŋ Magazine, Augsburg’s “literary, visual, and musical arts publication,” according to their website. If you’re a returning student, you may remember it as Murphy Square Magazine, a name change that came about this year. Jacey Mismash, one of the lead editors for the magazine, said when deciding which pieces go in the magazine, the key is standing out. 

“We look for creativity – however it may take form,” said Mismash. “We accept a ton of different types of submissions like music, poetry, visual art, fiction, creative nonfiction, etc.” 

The final submission date is January 25th. After that, the Thó Wiŋ team chooses the selections that will go in the final version. They will then lightly edit the work, before finalizing it for students to take. The finished magazines are free and can be picked up either at tabling events or through messaging Thó Wiŋ social media.  

Though the magazine has been around since 1974, the magazine officers decided on the name change in 2021 to “distance the organization from the colonial roots of Murphy Square Park and to promote equity and inclusion within the publishing industry, starting here at Augsburg University,” according to their website. 

The name Thó Wiŋ is a Dakota name meaning Blue Star Woman, a figure who both brings you from Earth and takes you from it when you pass. The decision on the name was assisted by Reuben “Kitto” Stately, an Augsburg student and member of the Santee Dakota & Red Lake Ojibwe Nations. Mismash said this decision came with the knowledge of the lack of representation and acknowledgement of many BIPOC artists in the publishing industry. 

“The name change was a small step in the direction of making our magazine more inclusive and diverse – we hope to continue this by being intentional about encouraging the submission of diverse works from writers of diverse backgrounds,” said Mismash. “Last semester we hosted Christine Ha of Lewellyn Publishing to talk about the lack of diversity in the publishing industry as well as the lack of diverse works being published – we were able to inform people about the whitewashing of the industry, as well as hold space for people to share the stories they would like to see in the future.” 
Thó Wiŋ hopes to begin the process of diversifying the publishing world and inspire others to do the same. You can pick up your copy of Thó Wiŋ magazine towards the end of the semester. To learn more about Thó Wiŋ, visit their website.