Issue 1, Fall 2017
Mohave Community College has produced many different literary journal efforts over the years, from the Kingman campus student publication Desert Expressions to the ambitious and sophisticated journal Creosote. All of these efforts were in print, and they exhibit the clear relationship between production quality and cost. When we imagined an MCC literary journal for the future, we imagined one freed from that correlation. Realizing this journal on the web was the surest way for us to lose those restrictions and fully explore the potential of a new medium.
From proposal to publication, Ovis Issue 1 is over a year in the making, the product of the hard work of MCC staff, faculty, and of course the students who contributed their work for this first issue. We believe this to be a promising start to a new literary and artistic tradition at MCC.
The artists and writers who shared their work with us for this issue of Ovis include Casey Chapman, Joseph DeAngelo, Alida Hamilton, Rich Libertini, Amy Lowry, Brittney Manson, Gabbie Pastor, Pamela Peters, Josh Ross, Ira S. Rule, Joseph Scholl, Mollie Simmons, Melissa Wadley, and Chaysee White.
Poetry by DeAngelo, Hamilton, Manson, Peters, and Scholl explore topics as varied as outsiderness, love, insomnia, and computer programming. Lowry, Pastor, and Simmons share fiction that tells two slice-of-life stories and retells one Greek myth.
Essays from Libertini, Ross, Rule, and White tell stories about personal and musical heroes, times very different from our own, and the creeping horror of one red house. Striking and well-imagined visual works from Bhakta, Chapman, and Wadley close out our first issue.
Enough by Amy N. Lowry
The Truth of the Rape of Persephone by Gabbie Pastor
How Did I Get Here by Mollie Simmons
Victory Garden by Rich Libertini
The Eye of the Storm by Josh Ross
Doctor X by Ira S. Rule
The Red House by Chaysee White
Indulge by Shivam Bhakta
Two Photographs by Melissa Wadley
Insomnia by Joseph DeAngelo
The Big Question by Alida Hamilton
Reflection by Brittney Manson
My mouth is no longer swollen by Pamela Kay Peters
Programming Poem by Joseph Scholl
Ignition by Casey Chapman