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Uproar 2015 Debuts to Appreciative Crowd

The 2015 edition of Uproar, the college's Literary & Arts Journal received a warm reception as faculty, staff and students joined the writers, artists, editor and faculty at an author-and-artist signing party on Wednesday, April 22.

English Professors Greg Oaks and David Miller serve as the faculty advisors for the magazine, now in its third year. Creative work by 27 students was selected for this year's journal by a selection committee made up of student staff, student editors and faculty readers.

"Both David and I, years ago, were published in our own undergraduate college magazines," Oaks said. "It's a strange and empowering feeling to see that your words might have an audience beyond your friends or your Creative Writing workshop. It's no wonder a lot of our students go on to study Creative Writing or English at their four-year universities."

He added that this year there were 140 writing submissions and more than 60 pieces of art submitted.

"All of the pieces are chosen anonymously," Oaks said. "We had 19 students as staff this year and numerous faculty helping out in different ways, from judging the writing contest to art faculty like Kari Breitigam recruiting her students to submit to the magazine."

Oaks said this year's magazine would not have been possible without the efforts of Amanda Fulton, Uproar's managing editor, and staff member Mary Anne Figueroa, division operations manager, who helped behind the scenes at just about every stage of the process.   

The cover art was created by Angelique Barber, a non-traditional student and co-founder of Clearpoint Creative Group, LLC. First place for Prose went to Kara Vigants for "Father Patrick, Penguins and Punch." Second place in this category went to Jackie Ottman for "It's Been a While" and Natalie Grajeda won third place for "Rodeo."

Poetry winners were: first place, Stevi Alsdorf for "DJ Fish," second place Hennah Saber for "Bimbos and Wedges," and third place, Radly Peralta for "Kandinsky Bug Realization."

The deadline for submissions for the 2016 Uproar is Nov. 5, and the entry form is on the last page of this year's journal. Students who want more information or want to work on next year's edition can email the advisors at Greg.E.Oaks@LoneStar.edu or David.W.Miller@LoneStar.edu.