(Courtesy of HN Heritage)
DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) recently published its second edition of Michigan Avenue Creative Arts Journal 2011-12. This high-quality journal showcases the best writing and artistry of HFCC students.
The Michigan Avenue Creative Arts Journal is a celebration of the arts through the publication of the HFCC community’s creative work— poetry, non-fiction, fiction, drama, sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic arts, and photography. The journal is currently available and free to the public at the circulation desk of the Eshleman Library on the main campus. It is a revised version of Goodwheels, HFCC’s first creative writing journal that was started by Dr. James Wanless of the English Division.
“When I read these pieces, I am reminded of how the creative work of our students not only reflects political issues at the national level but echoes those found in Michigan, Detroit, and Dearborn. These pieces of student creative writing and art are deep in feeling and intellectual experience,” said Ruth Ann Schmitt, an English and creative writing instructor, who also serves as editor of the journal.
According to Schmitt, the majority of the contributors are students, although three HFCC faculty and staff members have contributed as well. English instructor Betsy Cohn articulates the private loss in “Alzheimer’s Garden.” Gary Erwin, director of Communications, offers a glimpse into life in the inter city in his story “The Monthly Rent.” English instructor Peter Putnam contributes a poem in honor of David Blair called “On and On.” Blair was an internationally renowned slam poet, as well as an author and educator, who performed at HFCC in March and died later this year.
While Schmitt is proud of the Michigan Avenue Creative Arts Journal, she is not one to rest on her laurels. She is now taking submissions for next year’s edition. HFCC students can submit creative work from now until Dec. 31.
Schmitt reiterated it is imperative for potential contributors to follow the submission guidelines exactly. If not, their work will be unacceptable. The best submissions are eligible for $300 in prizes.
In 2010, the journal placed second in the Central Division for the Community College Humanities Association’s 2010 Literary Magazine Competition.