English and Writing Program
English and Writing students produce two literary journals, one traditional and one Web based. Established more than twenty years ago, West Wind Review produces an annual paperback anthology of poetic and fictional works of writers from around the world. In Spring Term 2004, students in a Technical Writing class created an electronic Web-based magazine, Cognito, as a resource and outlet for English and Writing students. Both publications offer students the opportunity to write, edit, and select emergent literary works.
Beyond our journal and e-zine, we are proud of the large percentage of publishing English and Writing students. Where other schools might be satisfied with seeing around 15% of their students published in some official capacity, we push our students to do better than their already outstanding 40% publication rate. We encourage our students to seek out places to publish, either internally or externally, before they graduate.
Cognito is a student-run electronic magazine, “e-zine,” featuring student writing. It focuses on promoting active writers among Southern Oregon University’s English and Writing students. The e-zine not only publishes student works, but also provides resources for both the aspiring creative and academic writer.
Cognito offers quarterly writing contests and shares submission leads as a way to create a buzz of writing. Second-year editor, Kyle Stich, said, "Our acronym seems inappropriate as we now collaborate with Multimedia students for production." Watch for creative projects, as this new student publication takes advantage of all Web technologies offer, as they take student writing into the twenty-first century.
West Wind Review
Established in 1981 and based in Ashland, Oregon, West Wind Review is Southern Oregon University's student-run literary anthology publishing poetry, short stories, and artwork through a process of anonymous selection, favoring not someone's name but rather diverse and accessible writing that examines the human condition. Published annually in the spring, West Wind Review also serves as a training ground for university students interested in learning about publication production.