As an instructor of English at Wor-Wic Community College, I’ve had the privilege to work with extremely talented and dedicated faculty and staff in the four years I’ve been at the college. More recently, however, I’ve had the opportunity to co-sponsor the Arts Club, co-edit Echoes & Visions (the student literary journal), and co-sponsor the Echoes & Visions series. Not only have I been able to bring a host of talented writers to campus (including Sarah Rose Etter and Laura Ellen Scott), but I’ve also been able to have extended conversations with these talented ladies that I might not have had otherwise. Meeting other writers in tandem with my own burgeoning writing career has helped me branch out and interact with even more writers I admire, including Ethel Rohan and Anna March.
Because I teach at a community college where creative writing has no place in any of the two-year degrees offered, I’ve been thrilled at the burgeoning literary community I’ve encountered, from fellow faculty to students. When Laura Ellen Scott visited last month, she was nice enough to host a small writing workshop for interested students. While we only had five students attend, those students were engaged and peppered LES with questions, which LES answered with aplomb.
In September, we will begin the year with the annual Echoes & Visions reception where student writers read alongside a keynote writer. This year, our writer is Michael Kimball. And while the submission period hasn’t even closed for our tiny journal yet, still, I can’t wait.