Why We Love Prism Magazine

Fox(cover image)Seeing your work in any kind of publication for the first time is a singularly memorable thing—it is a dream turned reality. This kind of moment usually comes after years of hard work and tears spilled over piles of rejection letters gracing your recycling bin.

But for many OSU students Prism Art and Literary Magazine is a refreshingly open space to solidify the idea that other people value and appreciate the work they have created.

According to Prism editor-in-chief Darryl Oliver, “Prism Magazine is a literary arts magazine on the Oregon State campus that publishes art and literature by students, from students, for students.” This means students have an opportunity to see their work in print long before they normally would expect to. It also means that students around campus can see what their peers are capable of producing.

The magazine “hopes to provide a career launching pad for those artists and authors looking to make a living from their craft,” said Oliver. Along with helping students find a foothold for future careers, the magazine also inspires beginning artists and authors to continue their creative processes.

Encouragement early on in this world of living paycheck to paycheck for the sake of your craft can be the difference between a successful artistic career and dreams snuffed out before they were even fully aflame. By reading, and having the ability to publish in, a magazine such as Prism, students can be encouraged and motivated to continue creating the art of the future.

In the upcoming edition of Prism, many new artists will be featured. Here’s a tiny sample of some of the talent showcased: Fox is altered photography submitted by Shanna Roast, a junior majoring in art and education; Hallie Sutton, a junior majoring in digital communication art, submitted the photograph Newport, Oregon; Snacks was submitted by a sophomore majoring in environmental science,  Jynwaye Foo.

Of interest as well are author Nicholas Browning and poet Ethan Heusser. A senior majoring in English, Browning titled his piece “The Women Wearing Owl Masks.” A sophomore majoring in English, Heusser has an amazing total of three poems in this edition of Prism: “Lean,” “On the Growing of Potatoes,” and “Flesh.”

Want to get published? First, the magazine only publishes student work,  but other than that, submissions for the next edition of Prism are accepted beginning finals week. You may email no more than five pieces, in any medium, to prism@oregonstate.edu. The staff ask that you include your name, the titles of your work, the medium, your year in school, and your major. 

If you’re interested in reading or viewing more artwork in Prism, you can pick up a free copy at stands all around campus or in the new student experience center.  You can also visit www.orangemedianetwork.com/prism/.

By Kyra Blank