The staff of Susurrus recently learned that the 2010 edition of the City College Literary Journal won second place in the Pacific-Western Division of the Community College Humanities Association Literary Magazine competition.
“We’re thrilled and honored to be recognized again by the CCHA,” said Susurrus adviser Jan Haag. “When a national organization gives a student literary journal an award, it is a major validation of the students’ work.”
‘Susurrus has won many past awards in the annual CCHA competition, including the top Best in the Nation prize in 2002 and 2004, as well as second place in 2001 and third place in 2005 in the Pacific-Western Division.
“Every year our students turn out a top-quality magazine,” said Language and Literature Division Dean Albert Garcia, who helped launch the journal. “With its quality poems and stories, it’s beautiful artwork and design, Susurrus is stronger than many university journals.”
Since Susurrus’ inception, a new edition of the literary journal has been published every May for the past 16 years, much to Haag’s surprise.
“When Tom Miner, Albert Garcia and I started Susurrus in the fall of 1994, we hoped the book might last a good five years,” Haag said. “When we got to 10 years, we looked around and were frankly astonished.”
The current Susurrus class, which meets on Tuesday nights, is reviewing creative writing for the 17th annual literary journal, Haag said. The EngCW450/451 class continues its work in the spring semester.
Susurrus makes its debut each spring, showcasing original short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork by City College students and former students.The word “susurrus” means “a light whispering or rustling; a murmur,” according to the definition on the back of every journal.
“It’s the sound wind makes through trees,” Haag said. “It was so named because the first staff hoped it might create just that—a murmur—on campus and in our city.”
Though the writing submission deadline for Susurrus’ 17th issue has already passed, the literary journal will be accepting artwork from late January until March 1, 2011. Submissions of .jpg files of 1 megabyte or less with the artists’ name, email address and phone number can be sent to ||Jan Haag|| firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional reporting by: Lucian McKinney, staff writer, and Stephanie Rodriguez, online news editor