“basalt” receives 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship award

Source contact: Jodi Varon | Co-Editor of “basalt”
541-962-3633 | basalt@eou.edu

"basalt" cover 2011

January 18, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University’s publication “basalt” is the recipient of a $2,500 Oregon Literary Fellowship grant, making it one of just three publishers to be selected in 2012 by Literary Arts.

The two most recent issues of “basalt” garnered the award: volume 6, number 1, (2011) featuring the photography of Terry Toedtemeier and accompanying essay by James Lavadour; and a special memorial issue honoring Kathelene Galloway, volume 5, number 1 (2010). Galloway was a an associate professor of art at EOU.

“David Axelrod and I are elated to receive this award and recognition. A huge thank you to Literary Arts!” said Jodi Varon, co-editor of the publication.

"basalt" cover 2010

In addition to working together on “basalt,” Varon and Axelrod are both professors of English and writing at EOU. Varon said the magazine is a collaborative effort and acknowledges those involved in its success.

“We are deeply indebted to support from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost and the EOU Foundation,” she said.

The Eastern Oregon Arts Council and Oregon Council of Teachers of English also support “basalt.”

“The magazine’s beauty is due in large part to the excellent work of Kristin Summers of redbat design and the eye of our art editor, Ben Mitchell,” Varon said.

Mitchell is the senior curator of art at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane.

The current issue of “basalt” is available by contacting Axelrod at daxelrod@eou.edu or Varon at jvaron@eou.edu and will also be available for purchase in the EOU bookstore.

Morris Graves’ artwork will grace the cover of the forthcoming issue. For more visit www.basaltmagazine.com.
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