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 Kay 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

Visual Art

Ignition by Casey Chapman