Magazine delivers multicultural ideas

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Ballerina of Bielsko-Biala," a published in Kaleidoscope by Alissa LaChapelle, an archivist with University Archives.

Holly Warzecha painting used on the cover of the 2009 Kaleidoscope magazine   

Yacoub Aljaffery's non-fiction narrative of a brutal childhood in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Nichole Held's slice-of-life story about a family breakup.

Steve Klepetar's playful poem "How to Make Love in a Foreign Language."

These and other literary works -- plus five powerful photos -- form Kaleidoscope 2009, the magazine of the Write Place, St. Cloud State University's writing center.

"I think it's a lovely issue -- one of the best, for sure," said Carol Mohrbacher, director of The Write Place.

A team of judges led by Trista Baldwin, assistant professor of English, determined which works would be published. Contributors included students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

The Kaleidoscope Web site hosts 14 editions going back to 1990, when the magazine was founded by Judy Kilborn, professor of English.

Some 350 hard copies of the 2009 issue were printed.

"People really like it," said St. Cloud native Nick Seifert, Kaleidoscope editor and a graduate assistant at The Write Place. "Every time I put out a stack of new issues they were gone in a day."

Holly Warzecha's cover painting caught people's eyes, said Seifert. Warzecha holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in art from St. Cloud State. She lives in St. Cloud and is pursuing a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Kaleidoscope has a reputation among art students as a place to get one's art published, Mohrbacher said.

Conrad Bauer, a junior English major from Mandan, N.D., combined his Web-development talents with his rhetorical and applied writing skills to design and publish the online edition.

Meet the Kaleidoscope 2009 staff. Meet the contributors. The magazine is funded by the Cultural Diversity Committee and The Write Place.

The Write Place provides individualized writing help for students, faculty and staff. Undergraduate and graduate writing consultants are headquartered in Room 117 of the 51 Building. Consultants also staff First Floor West of the Miller Center.

- Jeff Wood

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