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Élan is an international student literary magazine published by the Creative Writing department at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida.

Originally created as a grassroots publication of the English Department in 1986, Élan found its permanent home upon the creation of the Douglas Anderson Creative Writing Department in 1990, overseen by Jacquelin Jones.

Now, Élan sees work from students globally, including Japan, Korea, India, and France. Publishing three times a year, a staff of passionate high school juniors and seniors continues Élan’s legacy of creating a world-class literary publication and opening opportunities for the diverse and talented young writers of the world.

Élan has won the Highest Honor for Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) contest. The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing.

Mission & History



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Emma Klopfer



Alahna Vallone

Senior Managing Editor

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Allison Clausen

Senior Layout & Design Editor

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Peyton Pitts

Junior Poetry Editor

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Nylah Watkins

Junior Marketing & Communications Editor

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Niveah Glover


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Esmé DeVries

Junior Managing Editor

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Scooter Wirth

Junior Layout & Design Editor


Lawson Lewis

Senior Marketing & Communications Editor

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Oona Keleher

Junior Marketing & Communications Editor

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Jaslyn Dickerson

Junior Editor-in-Chief

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Emerson Flanagan

Art Editor

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Ronen Manselle

Senior Genre Editor

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Nadine Shanks

Senior Marketing & Communications Editor

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Avery Grossman

Junior Editor-in-Chief

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Sam Howell

Senior Layout & Design Editor

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Rowan Paton

Junior Fiction/CNF Editor

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Georgia Witt

Senior Marketing and Communications Editor 

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