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OJC Press Release ID: 2851

Monday, October 15, 2018

Alessa Gomez Named 2019 Chinook Student-editor


Alessa Gomez, from Las Animas, has been named editor of the 47th edition of Chinook. Chinook is a literary publication highlighting student and community writing and art, published annually at Otero Junior College. Gomez is currently working on an Associate of Arts degree. Her future career goals are to be involved with photography, wildlife biography, and zoology.

The theme for this year’s edition is Unity and Diversity. “I am interested in pieces inspired by culture and heritage.” Gomez stated. “These pieces should encourage people to embrace all backgrounds.” Gomez feels this is an important topic for people to reflect on.

Gomez explained that interested individuals are able to submit something inspired by their own cultural backgrounds or heritage. However, individuals should be conscious of what they are submitting, understand what they are sharing, and be sure it is not offensive.

Submissions for the 2018 Chinook can include poetry, essays, short stories and artwork. Gomez encourages potential contributors to express their creativity, take a chance and get their creative works out there.

The literary magazine Chinook enters its 47th year in the Arkansas Valley with this edition. Chinook, meaning warm wind, was introduced to the Otero Junior College campus by veteran professor, Dr. Tim Walsh, who sponsored the publication for roughly 25 years.

Over the years, it has supported hundreds of writers' voices through poetry, essays, short stories, and art work. Submissions in each year's addition are not only from the La Junta area, but also from surrounding schools, businesses and community members.

Any form of original creative writing or art may be submitted, including poetry (24 lines or less), short stories and essays (1,500 words or less), and two dimensional art work. All submissions must be original and not previously published. Written works should be submitted in Microsoft Word.

The magazine is printed in color and offers a vivid showcase for artwork such as oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil sketch, graphic design and photography. Visual arts pieces of work must be scanned and submitted as large, high-quality image in JPEG format.

Please include your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, OJC instructor or school (if not OJC), and a title for each work. Items without a title will not be considered. All writing and art submissions must be received by Feb. 28, 2019 at midnight; no exceptions.

Email submissions can be sent to at: at In the email, include the title of the work and the first and last name, mailing address, phone number and email address of the contributor. Contributors who do not have email or Internet access, may mail submissions to: Otero Junior College, c/o Christina Stork, Humanities Center, Room 108, 1802 Colorado Ave., and La Junta, CO 81050.

For more information, call Christina Stork at 719-384-6847, or visit the website at: A reception to thank and feature all the contributors will be held after publication.


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Alessa Gomez, Otero Junior College sophomore from Las Animas, is the student-editor for the 47th annual edition of Chinook. Submissions to Chinook are open to OJC students and the community. Submissions are due by Feb. 28, 2019.