40th Chinook editor takes the helm

Michelle Hull, Student Editor of the 40th edition of Chinook

LA JUNTAMichelle Hull, an Otero Junior College student from Monument, has been named editor of the 40th edition of Chinook, a literary publication highlighting student and community writing and art, published annually at Otero Junior College. Hull is currently working toward an associate’s degree, with an emphasis in business administration. After graduating from OJC this coming April, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU Fort Collins and become an entrepreneur, starting with a coffee shop near a college campus.

 As Hull takes the helm of the 40th edition of Chinook, she said she is looking for submissions that illustrate a person’s passion in writing or art. Her theme is “Open the Door to Your Story”. Her goal is to have submissions that are creative sparks of imagination and reflect concept and ideas that people feel passionate about.

 “I love stories; whether they are short or long, in the form of poems, essays or art work. Literature to me is not only an outlet for those who are creative enough conjure it, but also an outlet for those who read it. This year I would like to challenge people to share their story—any story. The door is open, and the wonderful—sparkling—world of literature awaits you. Pull out a piece of paper and share with us what touches your heart; moves your soul; and sparks your imagination. The world is only what you make of it: I want it to be dazzling. So tell me a story…Yours,” said Hull.

 Chinook, meaning warm wind, was introduced to the Otero Junior College campus 40 years ago by veteran professor, Tim Walsh. Over the years, it has supported hundreds of writers’ voices through poetry, essays, short stories and art work. Submissions in each year’s addition are not only from OJC students, but also people from the surrounding schools and communities.

 Before retiring in 2002, Walsh invited Jean Armstrong to become the next faculty sponsor and senior advisor. Armstrong added to the length of the publication and incorporated color. Armstrong worked closely with OJC’s Art Department, enabling students’ and community members’ artistic talent to be showcased alongside the brilliant literary submissions. Christina Roberts followed Armstrong’s tenure as faculty sponsor and continues with the traditions set by Walsh and Armstrong. Roberts chooses the student editor each spring semester and provides a writing scholarship through the English Department.

 Hull said she is honored to be the student editor for the 40th edition of Chinook and anticipates another fresh breeze of new talent to arrive in the new edition.

 “I encourage people to explore their creativity and share their hidden talents. Chinook is a place where new and seasoned writers and artist can represent a compilation of the community’s abilities. Submitting to Chinook can ultimately lead to a very rewarding experience; it has been wonderful for me personally. However, Chinook is not just limited to students; I encourage everyone on campus and in the surrounding community to show their creative side,” she said.

 Chinook 2012 is set for publication in early March 2012. Submissions to the magazine are welcome from both OJC students as well as members of the surrounding communities. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. A reception to thank and feature all the contributors will be held after publication on March 14, 2012.

 Submission Information:

  • All submissions must be original and not previously published
  • All writing and art submissions must be received by January 31, 2012
  • Poetry is limited to 100 lines or less
  • Essay submissions must be 2000 words or less
  • The magazine is printed in color and offers a vivid showcase for artwork such as oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil sketch, or graphic design. Artwork must be submitted in some digital format, i.e., JPG, GIF, TIF, PNG

 For more information, visit the Chinook 2012 website at: www.ojc.edu/chinook

Email submissions can be sent to Michelle Hull at: chinook2012@gmail.com

 If contributors do not have email or Internet access, submissions may also be mailed to: Otero Junior College, c/o Christina Roberts, Humanities Center, Room 152, 1802 Colorado Ave. La Junta, CO  81050. For more information call Christina Roberts at 719-384-6847, or visit the website at: www.ojc.edu/chinook.

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