This week “Quivira,” the student literary journal, is being released. At 170 pages, the journal is the largest ever produced.
Quivira spent $2,300 dollars to print 500 books, which comes out to about $4.60 per book, according to Amy Sage Webb, Quivira adviser and professor of English, modern languages and journalism.
The journal is free to all students, and is available in the Reichardt Center, the EMLJ department and will also be passed out during activity fairs and tabling sessions in the Memorial Union, according to Webb.
“Because Quivira is a student-fee funded journal, it is not sold,” Webb said.
Quiriva is also sent to the William Allen White Library, as well as other libraries, bookstores, coffee shops and art centers, according to Webb
“Quivirans and other ESU creative writers have used issues of their journal to work with young writers at Emporia Middle School and Emporia High School as well,” Webb said.
“Quivira” is completely crafted and supplemented by members and student submissions.
“It took a hard-working team of Quivira members, with the guidance of Katelyn Dorrell, Rosalie Kringer, and Dr. Webb, all of spring semester to review, edit, and publish,” said Zach Palmer, president of Quivira and senior secondary psychology education major. “We received numerous submissions last year, I believe it was somewhere over 120 different pieces, 31 contributors made it into the final edition of the journal.”
Once pieces are submitted they go through a three tiered selection process before they are finally chosen, according to Palmer.
“All the editors for the journal can be found listed in the front few pages but know that we spent many of late nights formatting the journal into a program called InDesign,” Palmer said. “Lots of eyes were needed for the editing process; catching things like grammar mistakes, typos, punctuation errors and so forth. By the time the spring 2018 semester finished up, we were basically calling the Reichardt Center a second home after spending so much time in there. However, the real reason this journal has been successful for 57 years is thanks to the contributors we receive every year.”
Quivira meets at 7 p.m. every Monday night in the Reichardt Center.
“Anyone with any interest in writing or reading is welcome to join,” Palmer said. “We work on word games, prompts, writing workshops, and even have a Halloween Bonfire event coming up.”