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Campus journal highlights student creativity, research

April 27, 2018

KOKOMO, Ind. — Read poetry, prose, and research, and see artwork created by Indiana University Kokomo students, with the release of Field: A Journal of Arts and Sciences.

Matthew Fuller, an English major who served as managing editor, said having a place to publish work gives students a goal to attain.

“It motivates students to continue creating,” he said. “It’s important to have a place to showcase that work.”

He noted that the student editorial board selected 53 works from about 200 submissions, including art, design, non-fiction, poetry, essays, and research paper, for publication in the third volume.

Olivia Williford, an English major, is among the featured students, with two poems included.

“I cried,” she said of the moment she learned her work was accepted. “I was so excited. It’s inspired me to keep going in my writing. It’s good inspiration to get kick-started into what you want to do.”

It’s not just for English majors, however, with work created by students studying biochemistry, biology, fine arts, philosophy, and education, among others.

Field is produced by a team of student interns, who earn class credit for two semesters of work creating the journal. Rachel Blumenthal, assistant professor of English, serves as editor-in-chief, with Michael Koerner, assistant professor of new media, as creative director. 

The students also plan events such as Field Live, which gives the artists included a chance to present their work for a live audience, a launch party when the magazine is published, and open mic nights at Bind Café, in downtown Kokomo. 

Fuller noted that the internship prepared him for his next step — graduate school at Oregon State University, where he plans to earn a master’s degree in English.

“It’s helped me tremendously,” the Peru resident said. “I’ve honed my leadership skills, as well as my skills with rhetoric, logic, and more. I’ve also used my time management skills.”

Free copies of Field: A Journal of Arts and Sciences, are available in the IU Kokomo Library, or in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Office, Main Building Room 238.

For more information go to iuk.edu/field.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 04/30/2018