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Launch party to be held for 2016 Harbinger literary magazine

April 7, 2016

Stephens College students have worked diligently this year to build the 2016 issue of Harbinger, the College’s award-winning literary magazine. The Harbinger staff will launch the magazine “Girls Like Us” from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway. The event is free of charge; food and beverages will be provided; and copies of “Girls Like Us” will be available for purchase for $6.

During the Pink and Black launch party, authors will read their works published in this year’s magazine, and Kris Somerville, magazine adviser and assistant professor of Creative Writing/Literature, will award the Donald E. Pittman Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Art. Stephens senior Maya Alpert, editor-in-chief of this year's magazine, will serve as MC for the reading.

Stephens senior Livvy Runyon will read from her poetry collection “The World that Surrounds Us,” a collection that utilizes rich imagery to explore themes of family and the transition from childhood to adulthood. Senior Kirsten Izzett, whose art is also featured in the magazine, will talk about her inspiration and process in “The Lisbon Girls,” a photography collection that emulates The Virgin Suicides.

Guests will also hear from Moberly Community College students, including Tiffany Corley, winner of this year's Pittman Prize for her fiction piece “Angels of Wittgenstein.”

Stephens senior Kitiara McGuire-Stiggins, graphic designer for this year's issue, will close the night by sharing her process in creating the look for “Girls Like Us.”

Other readers include Stephens senior Rachel Cooper, winner of this year's Pittman Prize for nonfiction, who also contributed an interview with esteemed poet Joy Harjo; Stephens junior Shelly Romero; Stephens student Tiana Williams; and many other talented individuals. 

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