Artists of Promise

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Please consider attending this wonderful annual event next Wednesday, April 25th at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix. The event is in celebration of the student winners in a variety of arts competitions held throughout the academic year, including creative writing. The art exhibition and reception begins at 5:30PM and performances begin at 6:30PM. Find out more information at the district’s Artists of Promise website.

Tonight: Poetry & Prose Slam

Don’t forget that tonight is our annual Poetry & Prose Slam. It’s a free and open competition to the public. Bring and read any of your short creative work–poems, flash fiction, song lyrics, whatever you have! There are monetary prizes for the top three performers/readers, as determined by a panel of judges. Either print out the registration form from our site, or show up a little early and fill a form out at the event.

  • What: The Annual Poetry & Prose Slam
  • When: Wednesday, November 15th from 7:00 to 9:00PM
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room SU-104
  • Why: Money

The Poetry & Prose Slam Looms

  • What: The Annual Poetry & Prose Slam
  • When: Wednesday, November 15th from 7:00 to 9:00PM
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room SU-104
  • Why: Money

The final GCC CRW event for Fall 2017 draws near, and with it comes money. As we do every year, we’re concluding our event schedule with the Poetry & Prose Slam. Unlike our open mic events, the Slam is a competition, and as a competition, there will be prizes. Prizes, as in, money. We do not promise big, floppy checks, but we do promise letter-sized envelopes filled with prize money for the top three performers. Via a highly complex algorithm involving quality of writing and quality of performance, our illustrious judges will select these winners. Competitors can enter short stories, poetry, drama, essays, song lyrics, creative nonfiction, or any other kind of creative writing so long as you can read/perform it in three minutes or fewer! Time permitting, interested parties will be able to enter up to three separate pieces of writing.

In order to participate, you’ll need to fill out a simple entry form that you can download and print right here: Registration Form. Or, pick up a copy on campus from the English Department office in the 05 building. If you forget to grab a form, we’ll have extra entry forms available before the event begins.

So, come read, come perform, come listen, come get paid!

Winners for the District Writing Competition!

Once again, we congratulate a series of dedicated and creative writers. Listed below are the winners for Maricopa’s District Writing Competition. This is a highly contested competition that accepts entries from all of the colleges in the MCCCD. Congratulations to all writers from all of our sister colleges, but we would be remiss not to highlight those from GCC.
Essay:
  • Malka Daskai, PVCC, 1st Place, The Rabbit Who Didn’t Believe
  • Bob Buchanan, SCC, 2nd Place, Apocalypse on the Prairie
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, 3rd Place, The Alchemy of Pierogi
  • Sara Dobie Bauer, GCC, Hon. Ment., Mementos
  • Spencer Litman, MCC, Hon. Ment., Like Venom
  • Cholly Robertson, SCC, Hon. Ment., The Year of the Butterflies
  • Sydney Todd, SCC, Hon. Ment., When the Music Stopped Flowing
Fiction:
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, 1st Place, Flipping the Bird
  • Jacquelyn Rowe, MCC, 2nd Place, Welcome to Everton
  • Spencer Litman, MCC, 3rd Place, Elephatine
  • Donna King, RSC, Hon. Ment., Eyes of Love
  • Daniel Matlock, CGCC, Hon. Ment., Beagle in Mind
  • Katarina Rector, RSC, Hon. Ment., The Desecrator of Power
  • Sameena Mathur, SCC, Hon. Ment., The Large House
Poetry:
  • Jaime Faulkner, MCC, 1st Place, On the Corner of Rural and Guadalupe
  • Jessica Gnoza, MCC, 2nd Place, Roundabout
  • Taylor Shepard, MCC, 3rd Place, Why I’ll Use It
  • Spencer Litman, MCC, Hon. Ment., Seven Minutes
  • Bob Buchanan, SCC, Hon. Ment., It Wasn’t Supposed to be that Way
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, Hon. Ment., Citizen Ghost
  • Garrett Iannarelli, SCC, Hon. Ment., Down Range in Afghanistan
One Act Play/Script:
  • Eric Bond, GCC, 1st Place, Shared Body Parts
  • Carol Gibson, SCC, 2nd Place, A Scouting Trip
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, 3rd Place, A Boat Afloat
  • Madelyn Sugg, RSC, Hon., Ment., Something About Kyle
  • Garrett Iannareli, SCC, Hon., Ment., Post Traumatic

The Slam!

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Join GCC students, faculty, and staff, along with numerous talented writers and performers from across the valley, for 2016’s Poetry & Prose Slam. Whether you want to participate, or if you simply wish to listen, the slam always proves to be a great time.

  • What: GCC’s Annual Poetry & Prose Slam
  • Where: GCC Main, SU104
  • When: Wednesday, November 16th from 7PM to 10PM, but arrive early to register if you want to participate (Hint: You want to participate!)
  • Why: Cash Prizes!

Obligatory disclaimer: We accept all performers’ rights to express their creative works and art freely, so we do not censor subject matter or content

The Traveler Wants You!

The Traveler, GCC’s arts and literary journal, is set to open up for submissions early in October. Soon, we’ll be flush with wonderful poems, short stories, creative essays, and scripts. But, we need more staff to read through all of those submissions. It’s time, then, for you to volunteer. No more delay. No more evading. No more pretending like you don’t know me or see me when we pass by each other on campus, or acting like you can’t hear me when I’m speaking directly to you, or saying that your spam filter probably ate the email, or turning the house lights off and the sprinklers on and setting the guard dogs loose when you see me coming up your driveway. I know you’re in there, Henry!

Whether you’ve been reading and submitting to The Traveler for years, or if this is your first semester with us at GCC, we want your input. We value all readers. And, reading and working on The Traveler does NOT prohibit you from also submitting to the magazine for publication.

So, volunteer. It’s good for you, contains vitamin C, fends off colds and malware, allows kittens and puppies to live long and academically-fulfilling lives. Come read, serve as literary editor, and have a hand in choosing what we publish in our next issue.

Those interested, or those with additional questions, should contact The Traveler’s faculty literary advisor, Jeff Baker, at jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu. Alternatively, come by his office in 05-139 and leave cryptic messages on or under his door that will take days for him to decipher. Stick figures of goats and cable TV boxes normally work best.

District Writing Competition Winners!

This week, the winners of MCCCD’s writing competitions were announced, and GCC is proud to see that four GCC students have been selected by the the judges. We are also thrilled that there is such a healthy crop of writers across the district, and we want to offer special congratulations to GCC’s own:

  • Phillip Boddy Jr. for winning 1st Place in the Essay category!
  • Eric Bond for winning 1st Place in One-Act Plays/Scripts!
  • Raymond Nokes for winning 2nd Place in Fiction!
  • Jamie Lee Heath for winning 3rd Place in Fiction!

We hope to see an even greater GCC presence with these awards next year. For a full list of winners, see below.


Essay:

  • Phillip Boddy Jr., GCC, “Our Summer of Love with the Goddess”, 1st Place*
  • Amanda Burns, SMCC, “The Frozen Chosen”, 2nd Place
  • William Alewyn, MCC, “Lucy’s Nick”, 3rd Place
  • Stephen Byrd, CGCC, “The Smell of Freedom”, Honorable Mention

Fiction:

  • William Alewyn, MCC, “And in Purgatory”, 1st Place*
  • Raymond Nokes, GCC, “New Home”, 2nd Place
  • Jamie Lee Heath, GCC, “Fag Country”, 3rd Place
  • Spencer Litman, PVCC, “The Monster”, Honorable Mention
  • Chaudhry Vidhushi, SCC, “The Shawl Seller”, Honorable Mention
  • James Wright, PC, “Ironic, Ain’t It”, Honorable Mention
  • John Chakravarty, PC, “Brake Lights”, Honorable Mention

Poetry:

  • Valerie Neal, MCC, “Carousel Transitioning into Stage Three”, 1st Place*
  • Matthew Hoober, SCC, “Perigee”,  2nd Place
  • William Pluchel, SCC, “The Rattle”, 3rd Place
  • Howard Gershkowitz, MCC, “A Survivor’s Story.  A Railcar’s Introduction”, Honorable Mention
  • Kylyn McCarty, MCC, “On the Third Street”, Honorable Mention
  • Joy Bickman, MCC, “Hid in a Soft-Sided Suitcase”, Honorable Mention
  • Charlotte Coburn, MCC, “Relative Distance”, Honorable Mention

One Act-Play/Script:

  • Eric Bond, GCC, “Potted Plants”, 1st Place*
  • Caleb Asay, MCC, “A Moment of Clarity”, 2nd Place
  • Ariel Tomb, RSC, “Before You Go”, 3rd Place