Northern Lights Celebrates Creativity

   For aspiring writers and artists there are few better ways to gain exposure and recognition than getting published. Thankfully, Northern State University students don’t have to look far for this opportunity.
   Northern Lights, NSU’s own literary and artistic magazine, will once again be showcasing a broad selection of student talent.
   The magazine encourages various sorts of artistic expression, from poetry, short stories, songs, sonnets, essays, and plays, to videos, photos, paintings, and drawings.
   At its heart, Northern Lights aspires to celebrate NSU’s diverse student talent in one comprehensive publication.
   Since Northern Lights got its start in 2005, the publication has been published exclusively online in an e-magazine format. NSU has not had a printed magazine since Shelterbelt, its previous literary magazine, ceased production. However, that is set to change this year.
   For the first time in over ten years, a print version of the magazine will be available. Copies will be distributed free of charge at the launch party event to those who submitted their work, and a limited selection will also be sold at the event for $6.
   In addition, the e-magazine version will be available free of charge, as it has always been. Once published, readers can access this year’s issue via the Northern Lights Facebook page.
   This year’s issue features the work of over thirty-five NSU student writers and artists. Many students submitted pieces they worked on during Dr. Pen Pearson’s creative writing courses while other authors and artists submitted a variety of personal projects.
   For many student creators, Northern Lights is the first stepping stone to further publication and a great way for Northern State University students to get involved with the arts, regardless of major. “All students are welcome on the editorial staff,” said Northern Lights Faculty Advisor Dr. Pen Pearson, “And any student can submit creative work, whether poems, stories, artwork, or photography, to the magazine.”
   A launch party will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Gallery.
   Students who submitted are invited to share their work with the public.
   In addition, a winner from each category will be announced and given special recognition.
   Free food will be provided!


Becca Simon
Staff Writer