Percival Review set for June 7 unveiling

This year’s edition of South Puget Sound Community College literary and arts journal, The Percival Review, will be printed in all color and include more art submissions than previous years.

The annual journal only contains literary works and art pieces created by students. Art and literary pieces done by students will be presented side by side, as opposed to creating separate sections for the different types of submissions as was done in previous years.

The appointed editors of the journal each year are also students. This year Paula Barry and Sarah Colerick served as editors under the advising of English Professor Jennifer Berney.

According to Barry, the purpose of the journal is “to give students an artistic voice outside of their classroom assignments.”

Journal editors promoted the journal in during classroom visits, advertising the need for submissions in person, in art and writing classes, and through emails to faculty enlisting their help.

Barry and Colerick extended the deadline which boosted a greater number of art pieces submitted was boosted in particular from the extended deadline.

According to Barry, students showed a lot of responsiveness during classroom visits, and faculty helped the recruiting process significantly. The editors recruited submitters as students for the selection committee.

Although the weather conditions that caused SPSCC to shut down for a week in January pushed back the progress of the Percival Review, the selection committee finished choosing submissions for publication and the editors sent the layout to the presses. The journal will be first available for students on June 7, when the Percival Review staff will unveil and and distribute the journal during a special reception.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and students can attend and pick up free copies of the journal. Some students whose work was selected for publication will present their submission aloud during the unveiling.

The selection committee, who will be published in the Percival Review, met five times to discuss the submissions and vote on which to include in the journal.

Selection committee participant Natalie LeClerc described the group as opinionated and very willing to have in-depth discussions about the submissions.

When she reviewed the submissions, “it was all about how the author portrayed his or her voice in the story,” said LeClerc.

The committee reviewed three packets of submissions. Each packet contained a random order of art and literary submissions and each participant chose their five favorite pieces. The submissions were anonymous to the reviewers on the committee.

According to LeClerc, the submissions were both “lighthearted and serious” and presented a lot of variety. The Percival review “shows how talented our school really is,” she said.

Along with volunteering to serve on the selection committee, LeClerc submitted six pieces and could not attend the last selection meeting since her submissions were reviewed at that time.

Leclerc said she was very pleased to find out that one of her pieces was selected for publication. She said she plans on submitting again next year and volunteering for the selection committee. She hopes the committee will grow and gain more student volunteers than this year.

For Colerick, one of the most appealing aspects of the editor position was being able “to help produce something tangible” and being involved in every part of production.

Colerick’s interests include graphic design, media, and communications. She felt as if working on the Percival Review would help her further pursue these interests that may later evolve into skills needed in her career.

“Printing is a dying media,” said Colerick who hoped to revive it at SPSCC through her work producing the campus-wide journal.