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CLC student literary magazine wins first place award; five contributors win individual awards

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 07, 2016

The 2016 edition Prairie Voices, the College of Lake County’s literary arts magazine, has won first place (central division) in the Community College Humanities Association Annual Literary Magazine Contest. CLC’s magazine also won first place in 2014.

In addition, five CLC students’ work received awards. Short Story: Kelsey Swanson (Grayslake) won first place for “Inspiration” and Katie Erdman (Lakemoor) received second place for “Yes Girl.” Creative Nonfiction: Matthew Pieper (Winthrop Harbor) won first place for “Let’s Fly Together (But Not Too High...)” and Angela Jacksack (Libertyville) received second place for “Consider the Shelter Dog.” Art: Geovanni Gonzalez (Highwood) won first place for a charcoal drawing, “Untitled.”

Prairie Voices 2016 cover “It is a particular honor to win the first place award two out of the past three years,” said Nicholas Schevera, Ph.D., Prairie Voices editor and professor of English and humanities. “For many students, this is their first time being published, and their faculty mentors are extremely excited for them. This publication is a joint effort by many people, including the 52 writers and 17 artists who contributed poetry, prose and artwork; the faculty; the staff in Public Relations and Marketing; and Bob Lossmann, art editor.”

CLC students interested in being published in next year’s edition should submit writing to Dr. Schevera and artwork to Bob Lossmann by Dec. 1. For more information, contact Schevera at or (847) 543-2959.

Copies of Prairie Voices are available for purchase in the CLC bookstore for $10.