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
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Announcing: The Traveler Winners!

Please join everyone from the Traveler staff, literary judges, and the English Department at GCC in congratulating the Traveler winners for 2016-2017. After even more deliberation and competition than last year, the following pieces and writers were selected for publication:

Poetry

  • First Place: “I See You” by Cynthia Herda
  • Second Place: “I Was a War Whore” by Charles Hisey
  • Third Place: “Crows Don’t Sing” by Wendy Wallace
  • Honorable Mention: “Dear Straight Dudes” by Jamie Lee Heath
  • Honorable Mention: “Giving Birth to a Sonnet” by Charles Hisey

Fiction

  • First Place: “Skipping Sundays” by Alex Parson
  • Second Place: “Zombie Walk” by Sara Dobie Bauer
  • Third Place: “Blue Acres” by Maneesha Lele

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Place: “My Tatum Place” by Tatum Morton
  • Second Place: “Gremlin of Doubt” by Ashley Davis
  • Third Place: “Summer” by Emma Matthews

Flash Fiction

  • First Place: “Ascendant” by Katelyn Cissel
  • Second Place: “Those Three Girls” by Alex Parson
  • Third Place: “She of Greatness” by Mary Barreras

To everyone who submitted: all of us with the Traveler sincerely thank you for your submissions. Reading your creative work is a tremendous privilege, and one we do not take for granted. We all sincerely hope to see more of your writing next year. To all of the student staff and the literary judges: Thank you for your tireless efforts!

Keep an eye on the blog for more information regarding the production of the Traveler, the availability of physical copies, and our traditional celebratory reading in October.

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Open Mic: Featuring Josh Rathkamp

It is officially Go Time. Classes are churning. Deadlines are looming. New Year’s Resolutions are beginning to lose to pragmatism and habit. Writing professors, faced with the first of many waves of essays, are once again questioning their life choices. And, of course, blog posts are coming fast  leisurely and furious with mild sarcasm now.

Also, there’s this Open Mic thing happening, with Josh Rathkamp as our featured reader.

  • When: Wednesday, February 15th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, SU104e.
  • Why: Because all of this has happened before, and it will happen again.

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Josh Rathkamp received an MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University and an MFA in Poetry Translation from Drew University. He has published two collections of poems, A Storm to Close the Door (selected by Terrance Hayes as the 2016 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize) and Some Nights No Cars At All (Ausable Press). His work has appeared in numerous literary journals and public art projects, including American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Narrative, Poet Lore, and Rattle. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Mesa Community College

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Saturday Workshop – The Role of Truth in Nonfiction, Fiction, & Autobiographical Fiction

For the Spring semester of 2017, we will again continue our Saturday Workshop Series. The first of our Saturday Workshops is nearly here, and we are pleased to welcome a new presenter: David Martinez.

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Explore the space between nonfiction and fiction through writing from your core, and discover truth. Writing is hard for a myriad of reasons, and one of the most trying and difficult aspects for many people is finding that space that makes the writing (whether fiction or nonfiction) ring true. Join us as we sift through writings and methods that may help us grab hold of that ever-questioned, ever-scrutinized truth.

  • What & Who: “The Role of Truth in Nonfiction, Fiction, & Autobiographical Fiction” will be conducted by David Martinez.
  • When: Saturday, February 11th from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, LA-141
  • Why: Because if you don’t, your friends and family will think less of you.
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Writer’s Craft Conference

ASU’s MFA students are providing a free one-day writer’s conference focused on Craft & Community this Saturday, January 28, 2017. Poets and Fiction writers will offer craft talks applicable to anyone writing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. There will be a keynote from Cynthia Hogue, ASU’s Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Light refreshments will be provided for a lunch break with a panel discussion (attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch/snacks also). The conference will close with a Q&A and a chance to participate/cultivate a monthly workshop. ASU’s MFA students hope to converse with and help build a community of diverse writers.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. FREE parking is available. Details are included in the registration & Facebook links below & the pdf containing Program & Schedule.

 

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Still Some Classes Open for Spring!

As you finalize your schedules for the Spring, know that there are still seats available in some creative writing offerings at GCC in 2017. You can find out more information about the courses below by heading to GCC’s Find-a-Class or looking at our extended course descriptions here on the CRW blog. Register quickly or we might come to your house, pull up the shrubs, empty all the condiments from your refrigerator. Stuff like that, yeah.

  • CRW120: Introduction to Writing Children’s Literature. #13368. Renee Barstack.
  • CRW220: Intermediate Writing Children’s Literature. #13453. Renee Barstack.
  • CRW150 (at GCC North): Introduction to Creative Writing. #28938. Mark Broeske.
  • CRW160: Introduction to Writing Poetry. #13276. Kimberly Mathes.
  • CRW260: Intermediate Poetry Writing. #13327. Kimberly Mathes.
  • CRW251: Topics in Creative Writing (Prose, Poetry & Flash Fiction). #28975. Kimberly Mathes.
  • CRW272 (Online): Planning and Structuring the Novel. #13314. Jeff Baker.

 

 

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Final Day to Submit to the Traveler

This is it. This is the end. The deadline to submit to the Traveler (all hail) is tonight: Friday, December 2nd, before midnight. The clock is ticking. Put your work in today. Tomorrow, eat a sandwich. You’ve earned it. Submit here: Submissions

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