From The Founder

May Letter

Dear Readers,

For one last time I have the opportunity to write to you as Editor-in-Chief of The Teller. This is it – the last issue of the semester, my last issue of The Teller ever. It feels like yesterday that I was brainstorming ideas for creating a lifestyle and literary & art magazine. In actuality, it’s two years and 12 issues later.

I want to personally thank everyone who has supported The Teller, whether it be by reading or contributing every month. If I’m being honest, this most definitely wouldn’t have been possible without all of the help from the individuals who were on our staff.

This entire experience has allowed me to learn more than I could have imagined. We fought an uphill battle to get the recognition we deserve, yet we did it. 

With that being said, I couldn’t be happier to announce that The Teller is officially a recognized club on the SUNY New Paltz campus.

While we have been operating as an accompanying magazine of The New Paltz Oracle over the last two years, we are excited to move forward as our own organization. I am beyond happy to leave knowing that The Teller will now function as a Student Association recognized club. 

Our last issue is a little different than our prior ones. Things in the world are still crazy and we don’t know when quarantine is going to end.

However, we still wanted to give our contributors an opportunity to have work published for the last time this semester, and for the graduating seniors, their last time ever.

With that being said, the theme to this issue is “unfiltered.” We have no sections in this issue and it is a little smaller than in the past. However, the contributions received were remarkable. Students wrote about their experiences in quarantine, including guides of how to eat healthy and how to DIY clothing. One contributor submitted a photo series “NYC Through Car Windows,” while others took the opportunity to write about the importance of voting, building resilience and more.

As always, we have several poems and short stories to enjoy as well. In addition to all of this, the Spring 2020 Executive Board took some time to write their own reflections about their time at The Teller.

From the bottom of my heart, I hope everyone is staying healthy and careful as the world navigates this unprecedented time.
Thank you, again, to everyone who has supported The Teller through and through. This publication will be what I always think of when I reflect upon my time at New Paltz.

Stay self-isolated and enjoy reading,

Cloey Callahan /