River Voices magazine being revitalized

By Amy Huber, Editor –

River Voices, a publication featuring short stories, poems, plays, essays, photographs,

and artwork by MCC students, alumni, faculty, and staff is being revitalized.

The deadline for submissions for the current issue is March 1, and may be made in any

one of four categories: written word, spoken word, artistic drawing, or photograph. An online

form is available at <www.muskegoncc.edu/rivervoices>. Submissions should be in the

following formats: written word, in .doc or .docx format, spoken word, in .mp4 format, artistic

drawing, in .jpg format, and photograph, in .jpg format.

Hard copies of creative works also may be submitted to the English department office in

Room 154.

The issue will be available for purchase at the MCC Bookstore by mid-April. The online

version will be available at no cost.

Publication advisor is Shauna Hayes, English instructor, who encourages students as well

as alumni, faculty and staff to submit their creative work.

“It is an amazing thing as a writer to showcase your work and I really wanted to give

students here at MCC that opportunity,” said Hayes. “I have encouraged all of my students to

submit and know that it can seem intimidating to share your art. The fear of others rejecting

something so close to your heart can be scary, but you never know if you do not try!”

River Voices was begin in 1959 as a student literary magazine publication of original

prose, poetry and artwork. It has changed names over the years, first titled Chanticleer and then

Stark Naked before the current title. Archives in the Meijer Library include copies of all previous


Several faculty and staff are assisting, including faculty members Becky Evans, Mary

Tyler, Gretchen Cline and Jessica Dennis, all from the English department. MCC student

Michael Dietz, who is interested in becoming a writer, is also helping with the magazine.

Evans, chair of the English department, said she was interested in “breathing life” back

into the publication after it sat dormant for so long. Hayes decided that she would be the one to

take on that task.

When working on her master’s at a college in Charleston, S.C., Hayes learned firsthand

how important it is to be published. She worked as an assistant editor on two of the college’s

literary magazines, both of which showcased student works, as well as works from all around the


“The editors were very encouraging and allowed me to help in all aspects of the process:

reading and choosing submissions, format and design, marketing and distribution,” said Hayes.

“This experience changed my life as I met with a lot of contributors and was able to see firsthand

how overwhelmed they each were to a published artist.”

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