Category Archives: Updates

Open Mic Poetry & Prose Reading

Mark your calendars for the first Open Mic Reading of the semester that just so happens to coincide with our 2018 issue submission deadline!

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We’re looking for staff!

Staff Openings

We’re looking for this year’s staff to plan, design, edit, market, and publish the 2018 issue of River Currents. Nearly everyone from last year has graduated, which means we are a clean slate and looking for our next creative, artsy, and motivated batch of IVCC students.

If you think that you or someone you know is interested, here’s what to do:

  1. Take a look at our Staff Descriptions that explains what opportunities and responsibilities come with each position.
  2. Attend our informational and “first staff meeting” of the semester: Friday, Sept. 15 at noon, room A-329.

  3. Print this “Staff Opportunity Statement of Interest” handout and return it to our faculty advisor, Tracy Lee in room A-329 by Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:00 p.m.

  4. Be ready to create something awesome as a lasting legacy of IVCC’s talented student body.

Here’s a link to our past River Currents staff, and an electronic archive of past issues.

Introducing IVCC Voices

River Currents is starting a blog with a specifically eclectic vision in mind: to foster the literary and visual arts within the Illinois Valley and IVCC’s greater surrounding community. That somewhat lofty and noble goal means we want to start them young, grow their talent and interest, support their goals, and (hopefully) keep them around. The “them” in that scenario is you, the IVCC student of present, past, and future.

No matter your gps coordinates, pursuing the arts can be a difficult (and unpopular, there we said it) endevour. And while we know you may not be planning to stay in the Illinois Valley, we want to make it as enriching and inviting as possible for those of you who want to stick around and grow our community.

Here’s a more academic-y way of stating our goals:

  1. inspire our community’s youth
  2. support youth interest in the arts
  3. encourage talent
  4. promote education within the arts
  5. cultivate an arts-minded community

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2017 Release Party

April 27, 2017 will hereby go down in history as the day River Currents hosted its 2017 Release Party with a wave of friendly and artsy reception, not to mention some wonderfully minty brownies. Thank you everyone who participated on the 2017 student staff, the 2017  IVCC Creates Contest winners, our talented contributors, and the mix of student, faculty, administration and staff attendees. We could not do what we do without the honesty and bravery of each IVCC student’s unique voice or the investment on part of faculty staff/administration to support student creativity.

Event Photos


The 2017 cover designed by the talented Peggy Schneider


Release Gallery

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Dr. Corcoran with attendees.

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Release Gallery

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IVCC Creates Contest:


IVCC Creates First Place Prize

And if you’re already feeling nostalgic or want to be part of this awesomeness next year, consider being on staff or submitted your work to our current submission call. You can also be one of our creative arts students by enrolling in IVCC’s creative writing class, one of the art department art or photography courses, or explore the graphic design program.


2017 Release Party

Calling all students, faculty, administration, staff, and community members: please join us to celebrate the talented contributors and student staff of River Current’s forthcoming 2017 issue Thursday, April 27 in room C316 of IVCC’s Oglesby campus.

Contributors: staff will provide you with copies of this year’s issue, a thank-you packet for your participation and interest in the publication, and the opportunity to read or present your work to a captive audience at the release celebration.

2017 IVCC Creates Contest winners: bask in the wonder of your achievement!! You will also receive copies of this year’s issue and a thank-you packet for your participation.

Students and public: meet the contributors, view the contributor art gallery, read your poetry/fiction/prose during an open-mic hour, feel the welcoming embrace of those interested in the creative arts, and hob-nob with IVCC’s talented students.

2017 IVCC Creates Contest Results

It’s here!! The results of the River Currents IVCC Creates Contest. This year we included the special guest judge Ari Ochuba–last year’s art/photography category winner (who also took runner-up and honorable mention). All those who placed in the contest will be published in our forthcoming 2017 issue, out in April this year, and will be honored at our release party (date TBA but planned for mid-to-late April).

Our 2017 Selection Process

We reviewed all submissions for the contest this year since it was clear that a few students intended to submit to the contest but used the “general submission” guidelines by mistake. We overlooked that misunderstanding and decided to include everyone in the contest. Because why not?!  River Currents student staff considered all pre-copy-edited written submissions and viewed visual submissions and 3D artwork saved as high quality color files. Our special guest judge, Ari participated in the photography and art categories. Editors voted for their personal winner, runner-up, and honorable mention for each category with the final decision being made by the Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Editor. Results appear below and will be included in our forthcoming 2017 issue (it’s currently being designed and while we may be biased, it’s goals).

Please join us in congratulating the following IVCC student writers and artists:


“Freezing” by Brian Kelsey, winner
“Paranoia” by Danny Pfaff, runner-up


“Progression” by Amelia Rusk, winner
“To Be” by Angel Kizer, runner-up
“What is Better?” by Aelsa Bulter, honorable mention


“Mr. Whiskers” by Tess Kopp, winner
“Abstract Fork” by Austin Beyer, runner-up
“Burning” by Kaitlyn Anthony, honorable mention


“Sunset Valley” by Abigail Jordan, winner
“Lost and Found” by Abigail Jordan, runner-up
“Seascape” by Austin Beyer, honorable mention

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First Annual Contest Results

IVCC Creates Contest for more info about the contest.

2017 Student Staff

Editorial Staff

Editor-In-Chief: Allison Hawbaker
Assistant Editor: Stephanie Bias
Copy Editor: Akari Oya, Maddi Loiselle, Savanna Weitzel
Designer: Peggy Schneider
Graphic Design Intern: Peggy Schneider

Creative Arts Staff

Fiction Editors: Jibril Church, Allison Hawbaker, Maddi Loiselle
Non-fiction Editors: Makenzie Thompson
Poetry Editors: Jibril Church, Makenzie Thompson, Akari Oya, Savanna Weitzel
Visual Art Editors: Makenzie Thompson, Akari Oya, Mallory Watson

Events and Social Media Staff

Events Coordinator: Stephanie Bias
Social Media Manager: Bri Brooks

Staff Descriptions. If you’re interested in being part of the River Currents student organization, please fill out this form and return it to Tracy Lee in room A-329.