The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 28, 2014

Crowder College literary magazine honored by national organization

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Crowder Quill, the literary and art magazine of Crowder College, has been awarded Best Community College Literary-Art Magazine in the 2,500-plus enrollment category from the American Scholastic Press Association.

It also received a First Place with Special Merit award.

The organization in College Point, N.Y., judges high school and college publications based on content, organization, design, presentation and creativity.

“You have mastered not only the elements of a good publication but you have also published excellent works from your school population,” contest chairman Richard Plass wrote in a letter congratulating the Quill staff. He called it an amazing publication.

The award was based on the spring 2013 issue. Staff members included Sean Armstrong, Emily Gritten, Allie Oxford, Logan Stark, James Walls and Mason Whitman, all of Neosho; JoJo Brinkhoff, of Stella; Becky Embry-Kirby, of Lanagan; Ryan Land, of Goodman; Crystal Moody, of Rocky Comfort; and Hannah Scroggs, of Joplin. The staff adviser is Latonia Bailey, of Goodman.

Bailey, communications and journalism instructor at Crowder, has been the staff adviser for the magazine since 1994. She said receiving the first-place award from the organization is pretty routine for the Crowder Quill, but the Best Community College Literary-Art Magazine designation is a first.

“That’s quite an achievement,” Bailey said of the staff. She said the score for the Crowder Quill has improved steadily over the years.

The Crowder Quill has been published and distributed free on campus and in the community since 1980.


SUBMISSIONS FOR THE CROWDER QUILL are due Feb. 4. Categories are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and photography. High school and Crowder College students, and adults within 100 miles of any Crowder campus are eligible to enter. Winners of the contest will be published in the magazine and will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 8. The entry form is available at

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