Happiness and confidence bloomed in current and former Orange Coast College artists and writers last week when they saw their work published in the college’s 2019 edition of the Orange Coast Review, the college’s literary magazine.
The Review hosted a launch party Thursday and gave each contributor the chance to read their published poetry, drama and short stories to the audience.
Artists showed off their sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs as they stood proudly next to their work, ready to create a conversation with their viewer.
“I love how this event brings people together. We’re creating a culture, elevating a conversation and ultimately creating a positive environment for everyone.” Erik Rangno, one of the editors of the Orange Coast Review said.
Rangno, an OCC English instructor is the co-editor of this year’s Orange Coast Review. He and professor Davi Loren worked side by side to have the Review become a reality.
The review is OCC’s own literary magazine comprised of different art forms such as poetry, eye catching sculptures, short stories and more.
After being dormant for many years due to budget cuts, Loren revived the Review in 2005 and allowed people from all over the globe to take a shot at having their art work published.
Throughout the years they received submissions from candidates who were current students at OCC and as far as away as Japan.
This year’s Review was narrowed down to former and current OCC students allowing for readers and viewers to fully emerge into campus culture and talents that individuals have to offer.
The Review has been a home for sprouting artists who always envisioned their work coming to life through a publication yet never knew it could one day become a reality until they were shown this opportunity.
“My goal is to help people understand life through the power of their language,” Caitlin Hocket, an English major whose poem “Blue” is featured in the Review said.
She brings riveting life experiences to the table through her poetry for her audience to understand the diverse struggles one goes through in life.
“The first time they showed me the title picture of my story my jaw dropped,” Jason Berger, a philosophy major said.
Berger had dreamed of publishing his work but never thought the day would come when he could finally say he is a published writer. Pride was intertwined in as he proudly showed off his short story named “The Rat-Tail.”
Katrina Gervais is a current American studies student and the author of the short story “Still Life.” For Gervais this publication was “definitely a dream come true,” but it was also a moment of pride for her grandfather, who accompanied her to the release.
Her grandfather is a poet himself and to see his granddaughter being published as a fellow poet created pride in him.
The Orange Coast Review release was filled to the brim with joy, excitement that bounced off the walls, and pure pride knowing that this was only the beginning to their publishing careers.