Orange Coast College's journal of literature and art, the Orange Coast Review, will stage its 2019 publication event at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion on Thursday, April 25, from 5–7 p.m. The event — open to the public — will include a gallery exhibit of art from the OC Review, readings by contributors, and refreshments.
OCC students in attendance will receive a free copy of the book, and books and posters will be available for purchase to all other attendees. Artwork from the Review will be on display at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion from April 25 until May 16.
Since its rebirth in 2005, the OC Review has provided a welcoming home for established and emerging writers and artists. Each issue is an eclectic convergence of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, dramatic scenes, interviews, and a wide array of images — paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, pen & ink, and installations — that reflect a portable salon in celebration of creative diversity.
This year's edition of the Review is focused on work by Coast students and faculty, a departure from previous years when submissions were open to the general public.
"The 2019 volume is noteworthy for exclusively featuring the writing of current and recent OCC students. This event is an opportunity for new and emerging writers in the campus community to showcase their talents," says English professor and co-editor for the OC Review Erik Rangno.
This year's volume contains stories by Jon Cott, Andrea Nguyen, Martin Aguilar, Rose Devika, Katrina Gervais, Yvette Barrera, Jason G. Berger, and A.K. Lenguyen; as well as poetry from Kelsea Spotts, M.T. Black, Caitlin Hockett, Tina Do, Elena Presilla, Jessica Payton, Angela Flores, Jose Jimenez, and Nathan Parsons.
An array of visually striking art is reproduced in the color section of the 2019 issue, including paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and digital collage, many of which are view in the exhibition at The Doyle. Among the participating artists are Haley Wagner, Chi-en Lin, Miah Nguyen, Carolina Montresor, Cuong Nguyen, Erin Hansen, Kerri Sabine-Wolf, Sahar Alviri, Michael Williams, Yuki Toy, Haonan Qin, Madelyn Youngerman, Thomas Cowan, United Catalysts (Kim Garrison and Steve Radosevich), Lizzie Moo, Laurie Hassold, and Rebecca Erbstoesser.
This will be the final run for longtime OC Review editor and lead creative writing instructor Davi Loren, who revived the Review in 2005 after it was discontinued due to budget cuts in the 1990s. It was Loren who re-formatted the OC Review to include students at Coast, so that they would have a chance to be published alongside more established writers and artists.
"Davi has been the heart and soul of the OC Review from the beginning, not only in creating a space where new, emerging and established writers and artists can showcase their work, but also in organizing an annual event which serves as an additional avenue for featured writers and artists to reach a broader audience," says Rangno. "She's been a tireless champion of writers and artists for the duration of her career at OCC, and the OC Review is a testament to that."
Spring 2019 hours for the "Orange Coast Review" exhibit at the Doyle are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., First Thursdays, until 7 p.m., and First Saturdays, noon until 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Fridays and school holidays.
The Doyle is located next to OCC's Parking Lot D9, off Merrimac Way, building 180, between Starbucks and the Art Center classrooms. For additional information, call (714) 432-5738, or visit The Doyle website http://orangecoastcollege.edu/DoyleArts. A map of Orange Coast College is available at www.orangecoastcollege.edu