Local college students gather to celebrate literary journals with Sept. 6 reading

Students published in literary journals at Mount Mercy, Coe, Cornell and Kirkwood will gather to read and discuss their work on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Mount Mercy University’s Betty Cherry Heritage Hall.

The students—from many different areas of study—hope to engage and expand the local creative community with the event, dubbed College Students Create: Celebrate Corridor Literary Journals. Mount Mercy students will read from their literary journal, Paha Review.

“We want to be good literary citizens,” said Mount Mercy Professor of English Mary Vermillion. “The Paha staff and I thought it would be fun to see other literary journals and to meet editors, writers, and artists from other colleges. With The Hook on board, we also hope to connect with creative folks in the community.”

College-level literary journals give young writers and artists the chance to publish and serve as staff members on a publication, gaining valuable experience that helps build their resume.

“But mostly these magazines foster students' creativity, and creativity always deserves to be celebrated,” Vermillion said.

Snacks and literary magazines from each of the schools will be available free of charge. Community members are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Hook is a non-profit organization out of Cedar Rapids that produces workshops and showcases of spoken word, performance poetry, and live storytelling to engage, empower, entertain, and inspire the community.

For more information, contact Mary Vermillion.

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