CJ Robinson, Reporter
The Student Literary Arts Magazine reception, including student presentation and official release of the book, was held at noon May 5 in the Arts and Allied Health Building of Pierce College Puyallup. A concurrent event was held on the Fort Steilacoom campus.
SLAM is an annual publication featuring student artwork, prose and poetry. This was SLAM’s 18th edition.
During the reception, the editorial board and art jurors of SLAM were recognized, who were responsible for voting for selections and proofreading the collection. Michael Darcher was the editor-in-chief of this year’s publication. The rest of the board is made up of students and faculty members at the college. All their work was voluntary and the members received no compensation.
From there, student presenters read aloud their pieces. Sydney Paulsen, Kelsey Short, Jake Shaw, Ellie Degoede (whose piece was read by Zoe Fisher), Laura Richardson and Harper Chinn spoke before the awards were handed out.
Lori Brock won the Cherry Tinker Art award and received a cash prize. The Elizabeth Brings Prose was awarded to Breanna Harris. Other entries were given out at the Fort Steilacoom campus.
An annual scholarship given to students with a financial need and a passion for creative writing and is donated by the VP for Strategic Advancement Deidre Soileau. It’s presented in memory of her husband, Rick, who was a writer diagnosed with cancer. It was awarded to Sara Bridges, who didn’t contribute for the 18th edition but wrote a piece in the 17th edition and has already submitted another for the 19th edition.
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