Our goal as a magazine is to document and celebrate the quality of the art produced at Bates. Through our workshops and staff meetings, we’ve begun to build a community of individuals interested in cultivating a supportive and collaborative attitude towards creative writing. As of January of 2018, Bates College had no literary arts magazine. There was no platform through which student-written work could be published on a regular basis; there was no student-curated creative publication that brought Bates writers together. One of the first matters we had to settle before embarking on this project was our name. After playing with some fairly atrocious possibilities, we settled upon snaggletooth because it encapsulates the personality of what we think this magazine will come to represent. We believe that because Bates was lacking a literary arts magazine, there is a whole side of this school-community (a potentially less wholesome, impolitic underbelly) that has been missing an outlet through which it could express itself. A snaggletooth serves to represent this -- a sharp, unsettling, deeply organic thing that asserts its presence by jutting out against the grain.
Many thanks to our dedicated staff and workshop participants, and to WRBC for co-sponsoring our work.