"Soundings sent me an impressive batch of work, rich in expression and imagination. I encourage all these writer to keep writing and reading. In particular, I recommend reading the way a writer reads: looking for models and inspirations."
- Dr. Robert Pinsky, 2008 Literature Judge
The 2008 Soundings journal was unveiled Monday, April 21st in The Magic Bean coffee shop to an enthusiastic audience of student contributors, faculty, and friends. Editors for this volume were Kate Long and Amy Hardin, who also served in this capacity for the award-winning 2007 volume.
Robert Pinsky, Ph.D.
Three time poet laureate, poetry editor for Slate, and founder of the Favorite Poems Project, Dr. Robert Pinsky's extensive and diverse body of work has given a new voice to literature. He has published several collections of poetry, his prose pieces include The Life of David, and in 1995 he completed a new translation of Dante's The Inferno. He is currently a professor at Boston University. In 2006 Oklahoma Christian University was proud to welcome Dr. Pinsky as our esteemed speaker at the annual McBride Lectureship for Faith and Literature.
Visual Arts Judge
Marilyn Artus graduated from OU with a degree in fine arts and has been a commercial artist for over ten years. She currently works with Relevant Products, an Oklahoma City based giftware company. Marilyn is also one of the founders of Oklaahoma City's "The Girlie Show," an annual arts and crafts even featuring women artists. The show is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.
Poetry and Prose Winners
First place: "Don't Eat Chicken in Your Underwear" by Jaclyn Kaissling
Second place: "Protection" by Chelsey Jackson
Third place: "Memories from Elementary School" by Taylor Walling
"brother" by Paul Mitchell
"Drowining Keys" by Shelby Leach
"black cat" by Joseph L. Hartman
"L.A. in the Rain" by Paul Mitchell
"Poem of Her Passing" by Paul Mitchell
Visual Art Winners
"Only he and His Mouse" by Tim Krause
"Strangers, the Perfect" by Tim Krause
"xcel" by Stephanie Walters
Visual Arts Honorable Mentions
"Things Fall Apart" by Yu Takebe
"Self-Portrait" by Rachel Miller