Regional literary journal showcases local talents
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A new regional literary journal is helping to showcase artistic and literary works by community members and college students, staff and faculty in north-central Colorado.
“Rocky Mountain Reflections” was launched in spring 2010 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge and is now thriving as a collegewide journal.
“The Colorado Mountain College journal collects echoes and images from writers and artists in the high country and reflects the diverse creativity of our students, faculty and community friends,” said Joyce Mosher, associate professor of English communications and a member of the journal’s editorial board.
Yuliya Lef, the college’s virtual library director, serves as general editor and production talent for the biannual journal. It’s published at the end of the spring and fall semesters, with assistance from faculty members throughout the college.
“‘Rocky Mountain Reflections’ allows our college’s budding writers and artists to share their work with the entire college community and far beyond,” Lef said. “It encourages our students to produce better work in order to see it in print. It exposes them to the larger art community and culture.
“Many of today’s well-known writers and artists had their first works published in a college publication,” said Lef, who has a master’s degree in library science. “It is our hope that the journal will become a home for all facets of creative arts, providing a forum for the Colorado Mountain College community to share fresh ideas, extraordinary stories and unique visions.”
The current issue of the journal can be found online at http://www.coloradomtn.edu/ library/rmr. A small print run also means a limited number of copies are available at the college’s campuses. The issue features winners of the writing and photography contest that was part of the collegewide Common Reader program last fall. The contest invited contributors to reflect on the theme of “Shifting Perspectives.” More than 50 photographers and writers submitted works, Lef said.
Leadville resident Rachael Miller submitted the first-place winning photo, titled “Seeking Something.” Miller said the photo was taken as a “happy accident” at a temple outside Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008 when she was traveling after a stint in the Peace Corps. The photo illustrates the dichotomy between Eastern and Western lifestyles. A Western tourist walked into the edge of Miller’s photo of Buddhist monks.
Second place in photography went to student Nick Glimenakis, who is studying visual arts at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs. Third place was awarded to college staff member Julie Albrecht, who works at the college’s central services offices in Glenwood Springs.
In the creative writing portion of the contest, first through third place went to, respectively: Tinker Elizabeth Duclo, adjunct faculty member in English at the campus in Rifle; Kathryn Howlin, a student at the Aspen campus; and Liv Johnson, a student at Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.
Lef said the journal’s board welcomes all forms of never-before-published creative writing such as short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as visual art submissions from photography to art work. The submission deadline for the spring 2011 issue is April 1. For more information, contact Lef at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-453-6757 ext. 2629.
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