Celebrating artistic achievement

August 13, 2016


Authors read work at this week’s kickoff event

Student creative writers will read their work aloud to celebrate artistry and trumpet the release of “Mind’s Eye,” the student literary magazine of Johnson County Community College.

From 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, in Regnier Center 183, the public and the college community is invited to listen to some of the pieces chosen for the 2016 issue. It’s the second year in a row that “Mind’s Eye” advisor Thomas Reynolds has organized the kickoff event.

“Some students are not aware that we have a student literary and arts magazine and that it is of such high quality,” he said. “Not only for the design and packaging, but especially for the excellence of the student work.”

Community of writers

“Mind’s Eye” accepts entries in artwork/photography, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Student editors and the advisor, along with external judges, work together to select what will be published.

Poetry and fiction categories were judged by Stephen Meats, a poet and professor emeritus of Pittsburg State University. The magazine includes an interview with Meats as well as several of his poems.

Sam Bell, associate professor of English at JCCC, judged the creative nonfiction category, and her own creative nonfiction piece, “On Teaching,” is included.

Professional writers associated with Kansas were also surveyed, including Elizabeth Schultz, Lori Baker Martin, Brian Daldorph, and Lindsey Martin-Bowen. “The focus of the questions is on their early writing efforts and advice they might offer to beginning writers,” Reynolds said.

How to get a copy

Copies of “Mind’s Eye” are on sale for $5 at the JCCC Bookstore (first floor, Student Center) and in the Writing Center (third floor, Billington Library), as well as at Thursday’s reading.

“Mind’s Eye” editor Stephanie Hansen told The Campus Ledger, the student newspaper of JCCC, that she enjoyed the work on the magazine.

“I like hearing everyone’s story, and we all have one to tell,” Hansen told reporter J.T. Buchheit. (For the full story, check out the Campus Ledger online.) 

Reynolds, who has been advising “Mind’s Eye” for the last seven years, said he was honored to publish student work, too.

“We’re honored to publish the following works of our JCCC students. These writers and artists have moved us with the power and honesty of their words and images as well as their insights into human experience,” he said.

“For some, this is the start of a long, winding, often difficult, but just as often glorious, journey to become artists and writers.”