PAC literary journal debuts this spring

By Deven Malone
Pulse Staff Reporter

Hunter Bates, an academic program specialist helping student Yvette  Rodriguez, business management freshman in the INRW learning center.
Hunter Bates, an academic program specialist, helping student Yvette Rodriguez, Business Management freshman, in the INRW Learning Center. Photo by Deven Malone.

Palo Alto College is launching a biannual student literary journal this spring semester. The journal is currently taking submissions for written work, art and editorial staff applications. These opportunities are open to all students.

The PAC literary journal is looking for creative writing and art submissions, including poetry, short stories and non-fiction pieces with a personal feel. Art submissions may include digital art, photography and fine art, such as paintings and sculptures. The deadline for submissions to the literary journal is Friday, March 20.

Hunter Bates, an academic program specialist in charge of the literary journal, is looking for five editors who are asked to commit 8-12 hours of their time. This is an unpaid position. The deadline for editor applications is Friday, March 6.

“They will be gaining valuable experience in editing, working with creative writing and working for a legitimate publication,” said Bates.

The editor duties will include choosing submissions and cover art for the publication and helping with the layout of the journal and the publication event. The publication event will happen at the end of the semester, giving students a chance to share their work with the public and PAC administration.

“Working for the literary journal will look good on a resume,” said Bates.

Communications Freshman Charlotte Watkins, who plans to pursue a career in journalism, has applied for an editor’s position.

“Getting hands-on editing experience would be a great start for me,” she said.

This semester the literary journal will only be available online. Bates is working to fund the project for possible editor stipends in the future. More funding would also make it possible for the journal to be printed. Bates hopes to produce 150 printed copies next semester.

“Know that you are contributing to something that will start as a seed now and grow into something larger over the semesters,” said Lee Ann Epstein, co-director of Tiger P.A.W.S, the literary journal at St. Philip’s College.

You may submit your work and apply on the Palo Alto College website at