Calista Cumings Award
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Distribution: Annual Award
An Akron schoolteacher who taught math with poetry, Calista Cumings created and edited Akron’s earliest successful literary magazine, The Akron Offering. Working with limited assistance, inadequate funding, and an inexperienced local publishing industry, she provided a forum for Midwestern authors to exchange original literature in 1849 and 1850. Her magazine only survived for twelve monthly numbers, but Cuming’s editorial work, characterized by a “clear head” and a “kind heart,” was fondly remembered for many decades.