'Lines from the middle of nowhere'

"You say I'm beautiful. If I am, it is the light of your adoration that illuminates me, for I am nothing without it."

This excerpt from April A. Smalley's poem "Illumination" is one of the many features in the 2007 edition of Fort Hays State University's student literary and arts journal "Lines from the Middle of Nowhere."

Now available in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art or from the Department of English Library in Rarick Hall, room 369, the 18th annual journal contains poetry, stories and artwork from 11 FHSU students and two alumni.

"It's kind of a random conglomeration of everything … bits and pieces of student life," said "Lines" editor Katie Edwards, Hays junior.

Works include an intaglio print, "The Source," by Nicole Thibodeau, Marquette graduate student; a poem, "The Student Soldier," by Sara Dreisbach, Cherryvale graduate student; a photograph, "Harley," by Sheena Reiss, Wilcox special student; a digital illustration, "Historical Film Series," by Wayne R. Morgan III, Haven special student; and many more.

"Many great poets, authors and artists go unnoticed because they don't know how to share their work with the larger community," said Edwards. " 'Lines' gives students a chance to test the waters, so to speak, and offers them an opportunity to gain the experience and confidence to submit their work on a grander scale."

Also featured are Smalley, Mesa, Ariz., special student; Christopher Rome, Ellinwood senior; Devin Konkel, Harper sophomore; Michelle Swayne, Hays graduate student; John Whitmer, Hays senior; Kyle Chaput, Salina senior; Andrea Lucas, Sublette special student; and Josh Knott, Lincoln senior.

Terry Waggle, a Kirkwood, Mo., alumna who received an A.B. in English in 1961, and Judy Walker, Hays, who earned a B.A. in psychology in 1978, also published works in the 2007 "Lines."

All work submitted is read in an anonymous process by an editorial board composed of seven to nine FHSU students. Any current student can serve on the editorial board. All majors and grade classifications are welcome to apply. Applications for the 2008 editorial board are due by Oct. 5.

Submissions for the 2008 edition of "Lines" are due by Feb. 15 and are accepted from students, alumni, faculty and staff. This year, Edwards said, she hopes to see the publication expand and "reach some of that untapped potential in the other departments. You never know where you're going to find a writer or an artist."

The distinctive style of the journal is possible thanks to FHSU Printing Services and Rebecca Luedders, composition networking specialist and layout designer, and funding from the Student Government Association and students.

"We have such fascinating literature, artwork and music here in Hays and at FHSU," said Dr. Amy Cummins, assistant professor of English and "Lines" faculty advisor.
" 'Lines' is part of this creative environment."

For more information contact Edwards at cfedwards@scatcat.fhsu.edu.

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