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Cedar Valley Divide accepting 2016 submissions

By Chris Hanian
On December 7, 2015

Kirkwood’s literary magazine, The Cedar Valley Divide, offers the opportunity for students to sculpt, write, photograph, or paint and display their work in a published magazine. 

Kirkwood Community College English instructor Lisa Angelella runs the Cedar Valley Divide. As she said, the entire magazine will be put together by students next semester in a classroom environment. She explained that students first read other literary magazines and decide what to put in the magazine after they look through all the submissions. 

According to Angelella, Cedar Valley Divide has expanded its definition of “art” to include photos of floral decorations and culinary arts dishes by the student body. This expansion was inspired by the American River College’s literary magazine, published in Sacramento, Calif. 

Everything has a chance to get into the Cedar Valley Divide no matter what type of format, according to Angelella. The magazine won first place in the Central Division in the Community College Humanities Association’s 2015 contest for community college literary magazines.

Reading the previous Cedar Valley Divide publication, one can find a wide range of different art forms. Angelella described some of last year’s submissions as “a passionate admonition of the lack of aid to Africa during the Ebola crisis, a poem that delved into the disorientation of a panic attack, a short story written from the perspective of a book in love with its reader, a painting symbolically depicting the workings of a man’s head, [and] a nonfiction essay about a CNA helping an elderly man to bathe.” 

Angelella said anything can be submitted, even if it was an essay or project for a class at Kirkwood. 

Angelella added, ”It’s a great opportunity to see what people around us are thinking about and feeling beyond what people say in class and beyond [what] the few lines of a Twitter or Facebook post can hold.” 

Not every student knows about Kirkwood’s literary magazine, though Kirkwood is one of the few commuter schools that has one. Brandon Kair, Liberal Arts, said, “I didn’t know a community college would have a published magazine for literature. It’s honestly really cool that students have a chance to get their work published like that.” 

The submission deadline for the 2016 issue is Dec. 15. Those interested in submitting any type of work can find more information at

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