GCC Joins Effort to Launch Online Literary Magazine

Friday, October 19, 2012 ~ 7- 9 p.m.

What: GCC Joins Effort to Launch Online Literary Magazine

When: Friday, October 19, 2012 ~ 7- 9 p.m.

Where:Shirt Factory Café ~ 115 West Center Street ~ Medina, NY 14103

Who:Aspiring writers, artists and those who love to celebrate the arts!

The Oak Orchard Review (http://www.oakorchardreview.com/) makes its debut with authors and artists reading from their published works and displaying their digital artwork at the Shirt Factory Café in Medina.

GCC and the editors of Oak Orchard Review are celebrating the very best writers and artists in the Western New York region by publishing their works on a new online arts magazine. Writers who have a clear sense of voice, who use concrete imagery, who incorporate compelling figurative language, and whose prose is grammatically correct are welcome to submit articles for publication. The magazine is also looking for artists who have a unique eye, who demonstrate a command of artistic conventions, and whose work is compelling and speaks to the viewer.

The creative innovation behind this effort originated from a suggestion Karen Jones, GCC English adjunct faculty member and teacher from the Medina Central School District, made to Jim Simon, associate dean of GCC’s Medina Campus Center. With little time lapse, Tracy Ford, GCC associate professor of English; Jennifer Scott, an award-winning artist and teacher; and Ric Jones, Karen’s husband and independent music publisher and freelance web designer were onboard.

“Oak Orchard Review is named for a river which flows through various towns and hamlets of Genesee and Orleans County,” Mrs. Jones, the magazine’s founder and poetry editor said. “More than simply a body of water, a river sustains, connects, and nourishes the land, the body, and the spirit. Our journal is meant to similarly sustain artists, authors and readers. We seek writers and artists who feel a physical or emotional connection to the Western New York region, and who are compelled to share their poetry, stories, artwork, and photography. It is our mission to inspire and connect with our readers; to showcase Western New York's most talented and inspiring artists and writers; to promote artistic endeavors in our community; and to encourage and recognize emerging artists and writers.”

The website also features a calendar of events that will highlight artistic activities planned across the region.

For more information, contact the Oak Orchard Review staff via email: info@oakorchardreview.com or contact Jim Simon at the Medina Campus Center: (585) 798-1688 ext. 6616 or via email: jsimon@genesee.edu.

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