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Driftwood Hosts Open Mic Nite

The Driftwood, PLNU’s creative arts journal, invited Loma students to come share their poems, art, music, photos and more at their Sept. 18 Open Mic night. Combined efforts of the team of editors, contributors and advisers helped pull of the event. 

“Driftwood promotes creativity but also unity among students and how we all have our talents and gifts that should be shared,” said Sophia Markoski, Editor-in-Chief of the Driftwood.

The purpose of Driftwood is to encourage students to express their creativity. The journal is published every spring. Be it poetry, photography, art or film, all forms of expression are welcome in Driftwood. Students are also encouraged to submit music. Sheet music, lyrics or even the song itself can be featured in Driftwood.

“[The addition of music] was one of the coolest updates I’ve seen [in the Driftwood],” said Toby Franklin, a senior writing major. “It was cool to have this exclusive content online.”

The Open Mic event brought together past, current and prospective contributors to the Driftwood. Students and faculty recited their own poetry, sang songs, read from essays and even discussed their art and books they plan to publish. 

Driftwood is not just for students in the literature department. People across all departments are welcome. 

“The staff is varied and the people who are published in it are wildly across departments,” said Professor Katie Manning, the Driftwood faculty adviser. “You don’t have to be a writing major to be writing.”

Manning went on to explain that students aren’t the only ones who participate in the literary arts journal. Professors, faculty, staff and even alumni have added submissions to past editions. 

Students can find the link to submit their work on the Driftwood’s Instagram page, @driftwoodplnu. Submissions close October 9th. 

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