Student writers, artists featured in EOU literary journal
Student-led literary journal hosts annual reading
Oct. 13, 2017 La Grande, Ore. − Artists and writers from Eastern Oregon University will celebrate the release of this year’s “Oregon East” magazine Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Ackerman Alumni Room.
The annual gala showcases a range of contributors to EOU’s student-led literary and arts publication. Authors and artists will read from and present their published work from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and refreshments will be provided.
Each edition of “Oregon East” features student fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Editor Neil Hetrick, a senior English-Writing student from La Grande, said the 2017 issue happens to follow a couple of overarching themes.
“In assembling this year’s issue, the faculty advisor and I noticed two themes emerging through a number of the written works selected,” Hetrick said. “The idea of fatherhood was explored, toyed with, anticipated and mourned through a number of pieces in this year’s issue. The other dominant theme was that of loss: the physical or emotional disconnection from a life, a person, or a sense of oneself. These were particularly moving aspects of this issue.”
Hetrick worked with art editor Alexander Navarro, a junior studying art and communication, and faculty advisors Jodi Varon and Mike Sell to compile “Oregon East” over the course of the last year. Upperclassmen participated in the selection process through practica led by faculty advisors and co-editor Katelyn Presley. A student-led jury selected the artwork.
“Oregon East” considers submissions from students across the university until March 15. To submit work, e-mail the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org. The gala celebration is free and open to the public. Visit eou.edu/oe for more information.