For more than 40 years, South Dakota State University’s English department has been putting together works of students and faculty into Oakwood, a literary publication.
The publication includes creative poems, photography, artwork and short stories of all genres. It is also designed and edited by English students.
“It helps students practice and see how a publication works,” said Leah Alsaker, who graduated in May 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in English education from South Dakota State. She is now at Minnesota State University, Mankato pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing.
During her time at SDSU, Alsaker discovered Oakwood through English 151, the introductory class for English majors. She had two poems and one essay published in three different issues.
“I was pretty excited, especially the first time, because I hadn’t done much creative writing yet,” Alsaker said.
As a student, she said that these pieces helped her build her resume.
“Any publication you can add to your resume is always good. It’s also a collegewide publication, making it look even better,” she said.
Those looking to be published in the 2017 edition can submit their work by Feb. 10. It is not just open to students, but alumni and regional writers as well.
“If you are interested in writing at all, it’s a really good place to start,” Alsaker said. “You get a chance to see your classmates' creativity published. When you're sitting in class you don't always get to see the more creative side of people.”
The 2017 issue of Oakwood is set to be unveiled in April.
View previous editions on issuu here.