During the course of Meredith College’s annual Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day, the staff of Meredith College’s creative magazine The Colton Review: A Journal of Art and Literature celebrated a successful release of the fourteenth volume of the print publication.
The journal, which is based out of Meredith’s English and Art departments—with the former evaluating the written works and the latter selecting art and handling the design of the journal—is primarily produced by students in these fields, but has volunteers from a variety of majors. The publication aims to offer a platform for the spectrum of creative voices on campus, and this edition offers a diverse collection of written and visual works reflecting the breadth of experience at Meredith.
The design for this year’s journal was officially unveiled at a launch party in Harris 214, where the journal’s staff members were recognized for their contributions by the faculty advisors Jason Newport and Dana Ezzel, faculty members in English and Graphic Design respectively, who served as instructors for the courses associated with the production of the journal.
The first-place $75 Elizabeth Avery Colton Award as well as the second-place $40 Hubbell scholarship were awarded to winners in poetry and prose. Runners-up also received prizes. Prose awards were judged by Leslie Maxwell, a Meredith alumna and Duke University writing instructor, who was present to provide commentary on her selections. Poetry was judged by former Meredith English professor Rochelle Hurt, who shared her evaluation of her choices via Skype.
At the end of the celebration, students and faculty had the opportunity to hear the first- and second-place poetry and prose winners read their work aloud. Sofia Benbahmed, freshman and winner of first place in prose with her essay “Storm,” said, “I didn’t expect to receive an award as a first-year student. Reading my piece aloud was a great experience and I was honored to be selected.”
Copies of the journal have been distributed and can be picked up at Carlyle Campbell Library, the front desk of Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center, the Department of English, and other locations around campus. After another long but successful year of work on the journal, the Colton Review staff is delighted by this volume and hopes the rest of the Meredith community enjoys it.