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Student panels present literary works

The annual Linfield Creative Writing Conference took place on March 7 giving students an opportunity to showcase their work in addition to giving spectators the opportunity to ask questions regarding the writing process.

All three panels focused on different themes which mirrored the personal obstacles writers must overcome to create a literary work.

The first panel “‘Tearing the Text’: Writing Anxiety and Irony,” focused on the familiar feeling of writers block: not being able to communicate particular feelings or opinions in text.

Senior Tim Singer read an excerpt from his short fiction piece “Writing Prompt” which focused on a student trying to follow a disturbing writing prompt when he painfully discovers the capabilities of human beings.

Senior Andrea Snyder read her poem “Numbered Pieces of Nothing from a 20-Something Female” which consisted of relatable stories typical of college in a way that hints to the darker aspects of the four year experience.

Senior Madelyn Wong shared her personal essay “Voluntary Dissociation” which investigates how one deals with life threatening ordeals physically, emotionally and psychologically while struggling to maintain an authentic self-identity.

Junior Creative Writing major, Leimomiahikolani (Momi) Hookano presented an excerpt from her short story “Arctic Hub,” a story about an orientation for workers for an organization responsible for continuation of the world.

Freshman Quinn Reisenman closed the first panel with his poem “We Have Been Burning Old Desks” which was inspired by the substantial amount of snowfall and how the weather affected students during the January term.

The second panel entitled “I am not at Home: Troubled Journeys” all consisted of stories of yearning for a home and attempt to find ones identity in an unfamiliar place.

Senior Joshua Davis read an excerpt of his personal essay “Just a Race” which was a light-hearted essay about the serious subject of racism which includes his experiences with racial profiling and his inner conflict with the “N” word.

Senior Kristi Castanara presented an excerpt from her personal essay “Mixed” which focused on her hardships of being bi-racial and wanting to fully embrace the side of her culture that she barely physically resembled.

Senior Caleb Goad presented his quirky-humored short fiction “There is Nothing in the Box” which challenges the idea of identity through the journey of two thieves that have been sent to deliver a box in which its context is not known.

Senior Lucas Dudley presented his two poems “Summer Smoke” and “Buffalo River Babble” which addressed his experience of leaving one life in order to pursue another only to find himself missing the life he tried to escape.

Junior Joanna Buchholz read her poem “Kindergarten” where she reminisces about the innocence of being young and naïve.

A special Keynote talk was given by guest speaker Chris Dombrowski, a poet whose honors include the Assoicated Writing Programs Intro Award and Alligator Juniper’s National Poetry Prize. Dombrowski gave a special presentation regarding the “Legacies of War” and how war has affected the human conscience which is see particularly through poetry.

The last panel “‘Mask and Mirror’: The Self in Part and Whole” focused on detachment and separation.

Junior Samantha Palmer read an excerpt of her short fiction story “Queen and Country,” which explored a society that attempted to fix humanities sins of vanity.

In senior Kyra Rickards personal essay “The Things You Learn” she describes the hardships of growing up bi-racial and the difficulties of embracing individuality while wanting to be a part of the majority.

Sophomore Stefana Maxim’s poem “The Stork” addresses the state of melancholia that one falls under after experiencing a loss.

Sophomore Carlee Parsley also addresses a similar feeling of loss through her poem “To A Missionary, From a Defector” in which the narrator addresses a long-lost friend.

Senior Jake Hillyer’s  personal essay “Neon Safety Vest” explored the uncomfortable and disturbing experience of observing a surgery and the level of absurd detachment needed to save a life on the operating table.

The panel concluded with freshmen Samantha West as she read her comedic yet heart wrenching personal essay about her struggle with her love of being in the water.

All of the students published stories can be found in either Linfield’s student-run literary magazine, CAMAS, or in this year’s conference anthology, “The Lost Bell Review.”

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Linfield’s Literary Jem: CAMAS


“You should care,” senior Kelsey Hatley said enthusiastically. “CAMAS is a representation of Linfield and its creativity.”

Having worked as a staff editor for three years, and now holding the responsibilities of editor-in-chief, Hatley has seen the talent and work that goes into the annual student-run journal.

“Physically holding it in your hand after all that work is pretty awesome,” Hatley said.

CAMAS wants you to feel the same enthusiasm.

“CAMAS is a unique opportunity for many students,” sophomore editor Marit Berning said in an email. “It provides a platform for which aspiring writers, poets, artists and photographers can showcase their work.”

CAMAS hand-picks submitted poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, drama, graphic novels, art, photography and comics.

“We try to pick submissions that best reflect the talent at this school,” Hatley said.

Despite being well publicized through the English Department, CAMAS finds its biggest challenge attracting students that aren’t particularly involved in the department.

“The hardest thing is getting people to actually submit,” Hatley said. “I wish we could get out there more, but there’s only so much we can get across in emails.”

Just last year, CAMAS launched a website, www.linfield.edu/camas.html, to feature current work, in hopes of inspiring curiosity about the literary journal.

“Getting one’s piece into the final product is an achievement,” Berning said. “Personally, I feel like there is a lack of emphasis placed on what it means to have your work featured.”

CAMAS emphasizes that entering a piece of work doesn’t just give you the chance to show off your creative abilities, but it also is an accomplishment to be proud of.

“As far as resumes are concerned, CAMAS counts as having published work, and the end result is always a really beautifully presented anthology,” Berning said.

The staff of CAMAS works year round, putting submissions under a thorough screening and editing process in order to ensure the quality of the publication.

During the spring, the literary magazine class, taught by Professor Lex Runciman, designs the layout collaboratively.

“I really like watching it come together,” Hatley said.

CAMAS has extended its deadline to Nov. 16, and encourages students to submit their work to camas@linfield.edu. Students can submit an unlimited amount of pieces.

The next CAMAS will come out spring 2013. Students can find last year’s copies in the Writing Center in T.J. Day 321.


Chrissy Shane can be reached at linfieldreviewfeatures@gmail.com


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From left; Senior Associate Editor Brittany Drost, senior Julia Cooper, sophomore Ian Franceschi, senior Editor-in-chief Kelsey Hatley, junior Kristi Castanera and sophomore Brittany Hamling.

Authors kick off literary week

Camas Reading

Freshman Matthew Broussard reads his work May 18 in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library. CAMAS and the Writing Center joined LiLAC for Word Week, a celebration of literature. Josie Stewart/Freelancer

Linfield’s Literary Arts Club (LiLAC) kicked off its first event of Word Week with a thesis reading May 17.
“It’s to celebrate the importance of literature,” senior Ansley Clark said.
Senior creative writing students Robin Severson, Keeley Thurmen and Sam Jordan read their work to a crowd of about a dozen listeners.
Severson read an excerpt of her fantasy novel.
Thurmen read part of a short story from her collections and Jordan read from a collection of poems she wrote.
The authors took questions from the assembled students after the reading, which lasted about 45 minutes.
CAMAS Journal of Art & Literature also participated in the event, holding a reading in the Nicholson Library Austin Reading Room for the journal’s 2010 release.
After the CAMAS reading, audience members were encouraged to read some of their own work in an open mic.
“It’s about bringing literature students together,” Jordan said. “I think that’s really important because interest in literature has been growing over the past few years [at Linfield].”
May 19 was a night of games about words. Students played Taboo and the classic word-related board game, Scrabble.
“I think we do the game nights to entice other people to come,” Clark said.
LiLAC tries to hold two or three game nights
each semester.
The club showed the film, “The Importance of Being Ernest,” the cinematic adaptation of a play by Oscar Wilde, May 20 in the Nicholson Library Viewing Room.
The club will also host a booth at Wildstock on May 21, serving cucumber sandwiches and mint water in honor of Wilde.
Word Week culminates with the Literary Ball at 8 p.m. May 22 in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite fictional character or a famous author.
“Everyone is encouraged to come,” Clark said. “This year will be smaller than last year’s Literary Ball, so it will be more cozy.”
The ball is free for anyone who wishes to attend.
Joshua Ensler
News editor