Mind's Eye

Mind’s Eye now for sale

Twenty-one poems, five pieces of non-fiction and a photo essay reflecting the power and tumult of the Missouri River flooding are just part of the offerings in the 2011-2012 edition of “Mind’s Eye,” the student literary journal of JCCC. 

“Mind’s Eye” is published yearly from the submitted works of JCCC students. This year, the journal contains 43 student works – 10 from the visual arts and the remainder using words to share a message. 

Copies of “Mind’s Eye” are $5 and are available in the Cavalier C-Store (first floor, Student Center) and the Writing Center (LIB 308). Copies also may be purchased from “Mind’s Eye” advisers Thomas Reynolds (GEB 165H) and Larry Thomas (ATB 101B), professor/chair, fine arts and photography, or from Birgit Love, English department administrative assistant (CC 221B). 

“It is an essential aspect of any college or university to support and encourage student writers and artists, to recognize their achievements and provide an appreciative audience,” said Reynolds, associate professor, English. "For many students, this is the first time someone has recognized their creative work, which is very gratifying for both student and faculty editors." 

This year’s student editors were Rachel Kimbrough and Marcia Ebb. Through a prescribed scoring system, the two culled more than 80 entries nearly in half. Each editor also conducted an interview with an established writer with connections to Kansas. In the subsequent stories, poet Kathleen Johnson and fiction author Thomas Fox Averill discuss their work and writing lives, offering several important suggestions for beginning writers. 

“Mind’s Eye” also includes work by both of these professional writers. 

The journal also boasts “Not So Far Away,” a collection of 18 black-and-white photographs of the 2011 flooding of the Missouri River, submitted by JCCC student Jeff Collins. 

“These photos were taken to capture the turmoil of this natural disaster that was not so far from where I live, and the stories of people forced to watch their homes being slowly swallowed by the immense and overwhelming floodwaters,” Collins wrote as preface to his photos. “In the course of documenting such a catastrophe, I met many individuals who refused to be brought to a point of depression, and instead managed to keep their will and spirits intact." 

The cover art by Rachel Peterson is entitled “Realities and Fantasies.” It was chosen by a panel of professors from the fine arts department for its novel composition. 

Mark Cowardin, associate professor, fine arts, said, “This enchanting landscape calls to mind the primitive cave paintings of Lascaux [a cave in southwestern France well known for 20,000-year-old paintings of horses and cows].  One is left with a desire to see the magic, and understand the reverence the maker endows upon these beasts.” 

For more information about “Mind’s Eye,” email Reynolds or call 913-469-8500 ext. 3935.