If you looked up the word ‘pique’ in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, you’d be hit with quite a few meanings that you probably wouldn’t expect. The one I was looking for was fairly far down the page, despite being, in my opinion, the most popular or well-known meaning.
Pique v. \pēk\ to stir up, excite
To stir up. To excite. I think that the city of Fort Wayne has many things that ‘pique’ a lot of people’s interests and what better to name a magazine that shares the news of these events with the people of this great city.
Pique Magazine was started a few years back by Mariah Knight, then an art major at the University of Saint Francis, for her senior project. She wanted to design a captivating magazine that would feature local art, commentary, comedy, causes and other community aspects all around a central theme. With two zines under her belt, and the help of editor Kara Hackett, they brought the same content to Facebook to create a place where the people of the Fort can find local happenings in the local art or entertainment realms, find some humor and be able to have a say about their town.
One recurring article is entitled “What Fort Wayne Needs” and features the wishes of citizen longing to add to Fort Wayne’s list of attractions, or create a change. Whether its more restaurants open on Sunday, an amusement park or a Cheesecake Factory, writers let us know what they want to see. Do you have any thoughts on what Fort Wayne needs?
With the 2018 edition of Pique coming, the zine has a call for entry. “Into the Wild” theme is based on the title itself, the 1996 non-fiction book of the same title by Jon Krakauer, or the 2007 movie adaption. Artists must be 16 or older, any medium is acceptable, and artwork must have been created in the last two years. You can find more information on their website.
Pique is also interested in hearing what you have to say. If you’re a writer, artist, etc., email them and let them know that you would be interested in contributing. Just interested in a past copy of the zine? They’re available at the following locations or via their website.
- Fort Wayne Museum of Art
- Artlink Contemporary Gallery
- The Hedge
- Fancy & Staple
- Crestwoods Frame Shop, Roanoke
- Firefly Coffee House
Pique is also available for check out at all Allen County Public Library branches.
Be on the watch for the third edition of Pique: Fort Wayne Art & Culture in May.
Edited January 8, 2018