Issue 7, Fall 2020


“Pelicans In Flight” by Robert Canaday

With the start of our fourth year, Ovis bid farewell to some of its most supportive and influential staff members. Jonathan Ratliff, our original technical editor, moved on to pursue a master’s degree while Dr. John Kitts, one of our most dedicated faculty editors, took a step back from the journal to focus on other aspects of teaching. We will miss their expertise, keen eyes, and enthusiasm for the MCC community’s creative work.

Included in Issue 7 are works from Robert Canaday, Georgia Craig, Nicholas Dockstader, Michael Fleming, Ashley Gailliot, Stormy Gillan, Sukharj Jhattu, Kai, Rochelle Mabry, Shannon Neaves, Beau Rogers, Mia Shumake, Preston Taylor and Felecia Willey.

A common theme in this issues’ poetry is longing, whether for place or escape as seen in works from Craig, Dockstader, Gailliot, Jhattu, Kai, Mabry and Neaves.

Fleming and Gillan peer into the past through two creative non-fiction pieces.

Canaday, Rogers and Taylor share photos of the natural world. Rogers also captures a strange moment in our history with a photo of Laughlin shuttered due to COVID-19.

Finishing out the issue are fiction pieces from Shumake and Willey.




The Measuring of Jake Dawes by Mia Shumake

Misidentified by Felecia Willey


Yellow Lipstick Kisses by Michael Fleming

Canyon of the Ancients by Stormy Gillan


Pelicans in Flight by Robert Canaday

Neowise Comet and Laughlin Lights by Beau Rogers

Getting a Grasp on the Little Things by Preston Taylor


The Stone’s Story by Georgia Craig

Salt Flats and This Land Is Our Land  by Nicholas Dockstader

Virginia Through van Gogh and Yard Sale by Ashley Gailliot

Mom loves you and a Willow tree by Sukhraj Jhattu

Apollo by Kai

You, Me and Arizona  by Rochelle Mabry

The Hard Stuff by Shannon Neaves