Students provide creative outlet for peer
A group of students is gaining practical experience while helping campus peers express imagination
This spring, 37 students enrolled in English Literary Publication class are producing the fifth volume of Northern Eclecta, an annual literary journal that features original works by NDSU students in the form of fiction, non-fiction, art, photography and poetry.
“Northern Eclecta is about supporting or fostering creativity in general. It is an outlet for people to express themselves in any way possible,” said this year’s editor, Dominic Manthey, an English and philosophy major.
Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to contribute. “We want everyone to submit as much as possible. Everyone who can, ought to,” Manthey said. Last year’s contributors ranged from communication, journalism and English majors to food science, accounting, mechanical engineering and veterinary technology majors. The journal also features work from area secondary school students in a section titled “The Next Generation.”
This year’s theme is imagination, which is intentionally general. The submission criteria is equally lenient. “As long as it isn’t something extremely gratuitous, or doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” Manthey said it will be considered.
Students in the English Literary Publication class have enjoyed the practical experience of publishing a professional journal. “We are publicizing, advertising, working with people, reviewing artwork, being interviewed; we are learning hands-on which is important,” Manthey said.
The deadline to submit to this year’s Northern Eclecta is Monday, March 21. Students included in the journal will receive a free copy. For more information on the journal and how to submit electronically, visit www.northerne.com.
The journal is scheduled to be released in June 2011 and will be sold for $5 in Eunice Johnston’s office, South Engineering, 318H.