Wednesday night at 802 Nevada Ave., students gathered for the release of the fourth and final issue of this academic year’s Leviathan. The last issue for many editors, writers, and artists from the class of 2016, Block 8’s Leviathan highlighted the winners of the Evylyn Bridges Poetry Contest and The Reville Prize for short fiction. Additionally, all of the visual art in the journal is made up of thesis work from graduating Art Studio majors.
On the walls of this open space sits the work of the graduating class, highlighting the complementary and juxtaposing features of work that has come from four years of occupying the same physical space that is Colorado College.
Placed next to each other were each Studio majors’ distinctive lenses through which they see the world, themselves, their peers, and this place.
Along with copies of the latest Leviathan available at the door, student pottery and printed t-shirts were sold to those in attendance, and the first issue of Emma Kearney and Emilia Eskenazi’s feminist zine Harlot was distributed, containing drawings, poems, photographs, and reflections on feminism in our world and our community.
The room suddenly quieted down as Leviathan Editor-In-Chief Lukey Walden introduced the reader of the evening’s event.
It is one thing to read poetry on a piece of paper, maybe whispering it aloud to oneself in the quiet of the library, but entirely another experience to hear it read aloud by someone who may have previously been a name only briefly recognized in passing. You cannot miss the genuine feeling of a writer’s work when hearing her voice read it in front of you.
In terms of exposing the work from between the thick covers of Leviathan to a broader audience, next year’s poetry editor, sophomore Gabe Fine, stresses the importance of having “community oriented events that get everyone involved in seeing each other’s work and inspiring other people.”
Beginning next semester, Gabe wants to get “more of a range of people to submit to Leviathan […] because sometimes Leviathan gives off this vibe on campus of being sort of untouchable.”
CC’s larger publications and independently student-published zines are not just reserved for English and Art majors, but rather for all students who want to engage in the greater voice of the community.