Story by Phillip Fowler
As a part of Convocation week, students presented a collection of short stories, poems, and artwork in the Murrell Library on August, 28 on behalf of the various authors and artists who contributed to the latest edition of The Purple Patch: A Literature and Art Journal.
Lorin Blackburn, Sigma Tau Delta president and associate editor of the 13th volume, presented the student journal in front of a small audience which included fellow Sigma Tau Delta members; faculty adviser Jennifer Eimers; Sharon Weiser, vice president of Academic Affairs; and MVC President Bonnie Humphrey.
Although the Purple Patch has been around for some time, many students may be unaware of the journal, Blackburn said. “I’m disappointed that there are juniors and seniors who aren’t aware of the Purple Patch,” Blackburn said. “We are open to all students.”
As future editor of next year’s edition, Blackburn hopes that word will spread of the student-produced journal. Concerning the rules for acceptable entries, she said, “There’s room for everything!”
With no hard guidelines for acceptance, the non-profit journal gives every student a chance to get their first publication. The next edition of the Purple Patch will be released in April of next semester.
The deadline for submissions is November 1. For students who are interested in submitting their work, email the Purple Patch at email@example.com.