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Annual literary journal ‘Soundings’ unveiling Friday night

This year’s issue of Soundings, Oklahoma Christian University’s literary and visual arts journal, will be unveiled Friday evening, April 8.

Soundings, a literary and visual arts journal,  is a long-standing tradition at Oklahoma Christian. The unveiling will be held at the Refuge in downtown Oklahoma City, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. It will feature live music and selected readings from the journal.

“Unveiling is a really exciting moment,” Emily Calvert, senior editor, said. “We get to see this culmination of Soundings’ mission as an organization. We can see that we’re continuing our legacy of supporting student arts and student expression.”

Soundings is a student-run organization.

“Our entire staff, from editors to directors, are all students,” Calvert said. “We take submissions from students across campus and publish the best in the annual journal.”

The organization has selected some of the submissions to be read out loud at the unveiling Friday night.

“The students will be able to read their own pieces,” Calvert said. “We picked two poetry pieces and two prose pieces. We picked them because they’re either really entertaining or because they really draw people in.”

Students will receive free copies of the publication at the event.

“This will be the first time any of us, even the staff, see the journal,” Laine Weatherford, administrative director and copywriter, said. “We’ll have all 350 books that we’ve printed at the venue. After we unveil the journal, we give it away for free. That’s one of the big things about Soundings.”

Weatherford said she was very excited for both the unveiling event and for the journal itself.

“It’s just a big celebration of everything Soundings tries to do,” Weatherford said. “We are feeling really excited about the journal this year. I think it’s one of the best ones we’ve ever had, and we’re really excited to share it with the community.”

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