Lalini Shanela Ranaraja, a sophomore from Sri Lanka, won this year's Vázquez-Valarezo Poetry Award.
SAGA art and literary magazine
is Augustana's art and literary magazine. Published once a year, SAGA accepts student submissions of poetry, fiction, and artwork, including drawings, paintings, and photography.
Creative writers find in SAGA a rewarding showcase for their work (and not just because the editors award nearly $2,000 each year to the year's best submissions).
Students interested in publishing also gain experience working in paid positions on the editorial board as copyeditors, technical editors and publicists.
East Hall Press
Students interested in careers in publishing and editing enjoy at Augustana what students at many private liberal arts colleges do not: the chance to work and learn with a publishing company on their own campus. East Hall Press, under the direction of Dr. Karin Youngberg, Conrad Bergendoff Professor of the Humanities, has been in operation since 1969.
East Hall publishes works of local interest — specifically, works about the Midwest, the Quad Cities, and the Mississippi River, and works by local poets and writers (both fiction and nonfiction).
Students interested in East Hall Press should enroll in Dr. Youngberg's ENGL 213: Book Publishing class, where they will learn about the fundamentals of book publishing as they make and implement choices about the design, style, format, and mechanics of East Hall's current book projects. Working at East Hall Press has led many Augie grads into careers in publishing or graduate programs such as the Denver Publishing Institute and the Summer Publishing Institute at NYU.
Augustana's student newspaper, The Observer, employs an all-student staff of writers and editors. Published weekly, the paper offers students interested in writing and editing an opportunity to practice the craft. English majors are frequently employed by the paper. Students are paid for their work with The Observer.