Along with being a Student Ambassador, I’m also the Managing Editor of the Phoenix, and was Assistant Literary Editor last year. Phoenix is Clark College’s
award winning literary and art journal. It is run by student editors and faculty advisers, and publishes work from the Clark College community. The vast majority of work published is from students. We publish in print and online, and accept a vast array of work such as fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, pottery, graphic
design work, music, dramatic recitals, etc. You can go online at: clarkphoenix.com to get a full list. This year, the Phoenix is proud to introduce a new category—graphic novels!
Another thing which I’m really excited about is the awards Phoenix has won! In 2014, the journal won 1st place in the American Scholastic Press literary and art journal competition, and individual student work won as well. Last year, (when I was involved so this is super exciting!) it won the 2015 Washington Community College Humanities Association’s Large Budget Literary/Arts Magazine of the Year, and the Community College Humanities Association award for 1st place literary journal! This is a huge deal for us because we have never won that award before.
Right now, the 2016 Phoenix is in the pre-production phase. Here’s a couple little tidbits about the early stages that many people aren’t aware of. Clark offers a 3 credit class in the fall – Intro to Lit Publication. In this class, students work on marketing & promotions, interview plans & strategies, and editing 101. We have a class of 16 students, and everyone is enthusiastic about the work we’ve started. There are a lot of interesting ideas going around. If you are curious about some of the work done in the class, take a look at the promotional posters going up
around campus, as well as a slide in the Gaiser Student Center.
In the Winter, the Phoenix will have paid and volunteer positions. I highly recommend you submit or consider getting involved in the Phoenix behind the scenes, such as staff, or taking the class next year. It was a great experience last year, and I got to know a
lot of amazing people with similar interests. It’s a nice community feel, and you get real world experience in being an editor, gaining organization skills, and managing projects.
I hope to see your submissions, and if you have any questions, just stop by the info desk!
You can also contact us here.