Last night I went to the launch party of Prairie Light Review, the art and literature magazine of the College of DuPage. I have a piece of fiction / poetry? / something… in the Spring 2015 issue (the one on the right in the photo above.) The piece is called “This One, At Last, is Bone of my Bones and Flesh of my Flesh.”
I’ve been to several PLR launch parties, and this one was by far the most “chill.” In past years they’ve featured live bands, a silent auction fundraiser, an artist creating an original work of art during the party, award-winning short dramas, but this time they skipped all that and focused on the work. About a dozen people read at the microphone, and easels of featured artwork were on display.
Instead of reading the piece that appears in the issue, I read the first chapter from the third story in Startling Figures, vol. 1.
The visual appearance of this year’s Prairie Light Review is truly stunning. I applaud the production editor, Monica Dinh, who designed the two issues this year. The presentation of the visual and written art is beautiful. She used white pages with black text and black pages with white text — whichever showcased the visual art the best.
I also liked the way she sometimes turned the journal on its side and presented the text and artwork in landscape mode:
In a blind selection process, Monica’s oil painting “When the Sounds Stop” was also chosen as the cover of the Fall 2014 issue (the one on the left in the photo at the top of this post).
So, I’m very pleased and proud to have my work featured in this exceptional student-run journal of art and literature! I want to acknowledge the fine work of Editor-in-Chief German Sosa, Marketing Editors Charlie Burrows and Jake Barber, copy editor Julia Andersen (whose lovely poem “Tiny Hands” appears in the spring issue), associate editor Karen F. Forslin-Bojnansky, assistant editors Earnest Bickerstaff, Myra Brygette Lopez, and Angela Ferdinardo, and faculty advisor Trina Sotirakopulos.
2000 copies were printed, and if you’re in the western Chicago suburbs and you happen to be in Glen Ellyn, you can stop by the College of DuPage and pick up your free copy of PLR Spring 2015. They usually have stacks of them around about, especially outside the library, the bookstore, the MacAnnich and the various lounges.
Prairie Light Review page on the COD website