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

 

 

Join GCC Reads!

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GCC Reads is an organization on campus open to students, faculty, and staff who like to read and discuss literature. For Spring 2016, GCC Reads has chosen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Students can participate as much or as little as they like, and membership comes with a free book!

Meetings and book distribution begin the week of February 2nd. Head here to pre-register.

About the Book:

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. 

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.