Several St. Clair County Community College students have received recognition for their work in the 55th edition of Patterns, a literary and arts publication featuring student work. SC4’s Patterns is the longest continually published community college literary and arts magazine in the state. The writing, art and photography work of 23 selected students is featured this year for a total of 35 pieces. Awards were given to students during a Patterns Reception on Sunday, April 21, on the college’s Port Huron campus.
The following students received awards:
- Eleanor Mathews Award, writing — Danielle Rabine of Port Huron.
- Blanche Redman Award, poetry — Derek Russel of Port Huron for A Trail Of White Lime (for Olivia).
- First-place poem — Rebecca Casey of St. Clair for A Basket of Tomatoes.
- Second-place poem — Derek Russel of Port Huron for The Battle.
- Richard Colwell Award, short story — Brent Seth of Port Huron for Gladiolus Tormentous.
- First-place short story — Danielle Rabine of Port Huron for Room 603.
- Second-place short story — Brent Seth of Port Huron for Crap from the Magi.
- Patrick Bourke Award, art — Betsy Vollmar of Port Huron.
- First-place art — Sarah Waitkus of Emmett for Deep Sea, a pastel, charcoal and chalk drawing.
- Second-place art — Jocelyn Graziadei of Fort Gratiot for The Madhatter’s Tea Party, a ceramic tea set.
- Third-place art — Betsy Vollmar of Port Huron for Autumnal Equinox, a graphite drawing.
Twenty students also received honorable mention or selection of merit awards for having their work chosen for inclusion in Patterns. This year’s visiting judges were author and nonfiction writer Mike Magnuson and poet Bruce Taylor. Magnuson is a professor in Pacific University’s master of fine arts program. He is the author of two novels, The Right Man for the Job and The Fire Gospels, and three books of nonfiction. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Men’s Health, Backpacker and other publications, and he is a longtime contributing writer with Bicycling magazine. He has won awards for his sports writing on cycling and had a piece reprinted in Best American Sports Writing 2010. Taylor, professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has a long, distinguished career as a poet, fiction writer and teacher. He taught poetry and fiction workshops and advised the student arts magazine at the university before retiring. The current Poet Laureate of Eau Claire, he is the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Longest You’ve Lived Anywhere: New & Selected Poems 2013, and editor of eight anthologies. His poetry and translations have appeared in numerous publications. He has won multiple awards and fellowships, including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Bush Artist Foundation. Production of Patterns and the Patterns events are made possible by financial support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant program, administered by the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens; St. Clair County Community College; and SC4 Friends of the Arts. Patterns also is available online at www.sc4.edu/patterns.