Traveler Winners for 2018-2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce the literary selections for the 2018-2019 issue of Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Magazine. From roughly 100 submissions, the following pieces have been selected for publication:

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Place: Charlie Bickel for “Creosote”
  • Second Place: Jordan Johnson for “Free Tea Day”
  • Third Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “The Price of Fitness”

Fiction

  • First Place: Malka Daskal for “Princes in All the Earth”
  • Second Place: Mindee Bahr for “Without Child”
  • Third Place: Raushan Mateen for “The Library of Peace”
  • Honorable Mention: Dawn Gibbs for “Hatching Day”
  • Honorable Mention: Lynne MacVean for “Memorette Gum”

Poetry

  • First Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “Reaching”
  • Second Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “What is Due”
  • Third Place: Jordan Johnson for “Mile Marker Eleven”
  • Honorable Mention: Cynthia Herda for “Got Faith?”
  • Honorable Mention: Cynthia Herda for “Imagine the Wind”

Our student staff, judges, and coordinator would like to express what an honor it has been to read all of the submissions. For those that were not selected for publication this time, please know that we value the opportunity to review your work, and we hope you will submit again for our next issue. Submissions will open up once more in Fall 2019.

We hope everyone joins Traveler staff and our literary selections for a celebratory reading on March 6th, from 7 to 9PM in SU-104 (GCC Main). Our student writers will read from their winning work. Also that night we will be holding a competition for our Randy Smith Award in Humorous Poetry (read more about that here). Between our Traveler readers and our humorous poetry competitors, we hope to have a fun and rewarding celebration of the creativity here at Glendale Community College.

The 2018-2019 issue will be available in print later this Spring. Thank you to all who submitted, and congratulations, once more, to our winners.

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Scholarship: The Randy Smith Award for Humorous Poetry

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Event: Poetry on the Patio

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Saturday Workshop: How To “Get More” Out of Any Literature

Which of these statements describes you best?

  • I like reading for fun.
  • I’m interested in reading and analyzing literary prose or poetry.
  • I’m interested in writing literary prose or poetry.
  • I’m interested in writing better literary prose or poetry.
  • I’ve tried reading literary fiction — but some/most of it goes over my head.
  • I’ve tried creative writing — but struggle to put the good ideas in my head down on paper.
  • I have to/want to take a literature or creative writing course — but the idea scares me to death.

If one or more of these statements resonate with you, or describes you and your current situation, come to our Saturday CRW Workshop February 9 to learn some writing/reading “secrets” that will improve your reading, your writing, and your quality of life.

MFA and GCC Creative Writing Instructor Gary Lawrence will lead a very participative workshop on “getting more” out of any literature – either more entertainment and appreciation, or more tools to help make you a better reader and creative writer (the two are intimately connected). We’ll use a 10-question reusable template to “break open” a prose short story – and then use this same short story as an example of points made. Time permitting, we’ll use a second short story to “test” your understanding and application of the ideas presented.

Among the things we’ll explore in this two-hour workshop are:

  • A creative writer’s mantra: “Read like a writer. Write for the reader.”
  • Ten standard questions to ask to get more out of any literary piece (the keys to the “science” behind a better literary analysis and uncovering more writing tools).
  • The difference between a literary analysis (understanding better/quicker what a piece “means”) and a creative writing analysis (discovering writing craft methods to write better yourself).
  • Reading comprehension level, and why it matters.

The workshop plan includes a mix of presentation, reading, analysis, discussion and (at least a little) writing. You’ll walk away with the reusable 10-question template, a better understanding of how literature “works,” and a few tips to make you a better writer.  Literary critics or writers of any genre will benefit from the methods, techniques, and ideas presented and discussed.  The workshop is free and open to the public.

  • Who: Gary Lawrence, MFA – GCC Instructor
  • What: How to “Get More” Out of Any Literature
  • When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00 am to noon
  • Where: Language Arts building, GCC Campus (LA 141)
  • Why: Because this workshop will make you a better reader, writer, and person.

Workshop materials and handouts:


Gary Lawrence currently teaches creative writing online for GCC: Introduction to Creative Writing (CRW150), Introduction to Writing Fiction (CRW170), and Intermediate Fiction Writing (CRW270). Until recently he also taught composition courses at GCC and at Cochise College (Sierra Vista). Gary’s also a prize-winning, published short story author (Feast,Rockford Writer’s Guild, Short Story America, Four Chambers, Mirage, Canyon Voices). In 2011 Gary earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He issued his first collection of short stories, Baffled, in 2013. He is currently working on a second story collection.

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Course Spotlight: CRW251 – Worldbuilding

In Spring 2019, we’re trying out a brand new class. This one focuses on the process of worldbuilding–the development of fictional worlds within which to set your creative endeavors. We’ll look at existing worlds from a variety of media–literature, film, comics, gaming, roleplaying–in order to derive replicable strategies and skills we can then use in our own creative work. As best we can, we’ll also take guidance and inspiration from the real world and from history, hoping to create memorable and immersive worlds of our own to explore.

CRW251 – Worldbuilding is a multi-genre course, so writers and participants of all kind are welcome. Novelists, comics, filmmakers, poets, gamers, and all others looking for a creative outlet are welcome here.  Throughout the semester, we’ll collaborate on some projects, work solo on others, and ultimately develop a supportive atmosphere to develop your creative pieces. As a hybrid course, we’ll meet face to face once a week (Thursdays from 10 to 11:15AM) and conduct other business online.

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Congratulations to Poetry & Prose Slam Winners!

A week ago, we hosted our annual Poetry & Prose Slam competition. During the night, numerous competitors read and performed the best of their poetry as well as their flash and short fiction. It took three rounds, nearly two hours, and a surprising amount of math to determine the victors. Congratulations to:

  • First Place: JJ Gathings
  • Second Place: Francisco Ayón
  • Third Place: Lynne MacVean

Thank you to the many participants, to our judges, to Laura White for hosting, and to those that simply came to listen and support our community of writers. We hope to see all of you, and more, in February for our Traveler readings and for a new competition for comedic poetry. Stay tuned to the GCCAZCRW blog for more information.

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Writing Competition Deadlines Extended

They said it would not happen. They said it was not possible. Well, I have no idea who “they” are, and if that’s even their real name, but here’s the deal: Due to popular demand, the deadlines for both GCC’s Traveler Literary Contest and the District’s Creative Writing Competition have been extended!

Remember, too, that you can submit your same creative work to both of these contests without any concern for conflict. If you have any questions, or if you have trouble submitting, please contact Jeff Baker at jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu.

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