SCCC shows gems of creativity through Telolith


Lois Magner

Lois Magner, photography I student, took and submitted this photo of a flower on crystals for Telolith. Telolith is a contemporary art and literature magazine that is published annually by the humanities department. It allows students of Seward County Community College to submit their own artwork such as poems, short creative stories, digital photography, visual art and more. The deadline to submit any artwork is March 8.

Annette Meza, Copy Editor

Since 1972, Seward County Community College has been publishing students’ works of art in their very own published magazine titled “Telolith: Student Visual Art and Literature Magazine.”

Telolith is exactly what it says it is, showcasing some of the best works of art students have made throughout the last year and now. In it, you can find short stories, poems, digital photography and physical works of art.

English instructor, Janice Northerns, selects which works of poems or stories can be put and published into the book.

“I want to encourage students to take a chance and send me that poem, story, or essay they’ve been working on. It’s a huge thrill to see your work in print, and we would love to publish pieces from as many students as we can,” Northern’s exclaimed.

Now, the visual art part of this publication is decided and juried by Dustin Farmer, 2D/3D Instructor.

“The types of art we get and are open to receiving are paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics, sculptures, and glass blowing work. Almost everything we get will most likely be published, it just depends on how much entries we receive.” Farmer said.

The name Telolith was inspired and originated in 1974 when Juliet Willsey suggested the name because “Telolith is a rare boron small crystal to hold your hand or carry in your pocket…the gem contains unique vibratory qualities. I suggest this as the name for our literary magazine because our works are the gems of our creativity.”

Students in Northerns creative writing class are more likely to submit works but Northerns encourages students who are not in her classes to take the risk and enter some of their works made at home.

Education major, Keelin Lahita, entered a few of her poems last year from her creative writing class. She said she enjoyed working with Northerns and having the chance to publish her own work.

“Just the fact that I have something published and in a book was exciting. I was a bit nervous, but to anyone wanting to enter, do it for yourself and your own success,” Lahita said.

To enter, both Northerns and Farmer have submission forms available in their offices. Digital forms of the artwork are preferred and instructions will be put on the submission form on how to do that. Any student enrolled this semester or last semester may submit, and there is no limit to how many pieces. Students may submit fictional short stories, poems, and personal essays.

“The publication has a long history of winning awards for both art and writing after being published, and it offers a chance for us to showcase the creative efforts of our students,” Northerns said.

The last day to enter is the Friday before spring break, Mar. 8th. To print out your own submission forms to turn in, click on the links below. 


Visual Art