Prism Review launched
Posted May 19, 2006

Jonathan Smith
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne and the surrounding communities’ finest poets, writers, photographers and artists will be spotlighted Wednesday night at this year’s Prism Review’s launch party.

“This year's launch party will feature a wide variety of genres,” said Kirsten Ogden, Prism Review adviser.

“We'll also have the print issue, the online companion issue, a special ‘High School Showcase’ chapbook funded by the Campus Diversity Initiative, and a series of limited edition postcards and broadsides. There will be door prizes and snacks,” Ogden added.

This year’s double issue, sprouting from the publication's 27th year, will feature numerous poems, vignettes, short stories, essays, photos and screenplays submitted by ULV students and faculty members.

“We'd really like to get the community to come out for an entertaining evening - plus, students could use a break during finals,” Ogden said.

Also this publication will have an ISBN number allowing the magazine to be registered in a national books database and allow easier and more widespread distribution for the publication.

This year will also include local high school writers who competed in a contest judged by Professor of Education Peggy Redman.

“As a beloved professor in the education department, we thought she was the perfect person to promote Prism Review's desire to build high school student readership,” Ogden said of Redman.

This year’s Prism Review has had a successful turnout with more than 300 entries submitted.

“The theme emerging has been one of the dual roles of society and the individual in society,” Ogden said.

The Prism Review, sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, offers ULV students and faculty members a chance to submit their best work in several different categories in writing as well as photography and artwork.

The submitted work is then graded on its quality by the Creative Writing 309 course and finalized by the Prism Review staff.

The launch party will be held at 6 p.m. at the Cabaret Theatre on March 24.

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