Kristi Weyand
Deputy Editor

The Greenleaf Review is Whittier College student’s chance to see their creativity in print. Previously published solely by Whittier’s branch of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, the literary review offers the opportunity to be published to all Whittier students. Last year, Sigma Tau Delta handed the reins over to Visiting Assistant Professor of English Joe Donnelly’s ENGL 290: Magazine and Journal Editing class. The class worked to revamp the design of The Greenleaf Review, expanding the size, changing the layout, and allowing students’ creativity to show Whittier in 3D. This year, third-year and Sigma Tau Delta co-President Yasmin Mendoza, fourth-year and Quaker Campus Editor-in-Chief Tori O’Campo, and Professor Donnelly’s class are at the helm, with the mission of showing students’ “Voices in Color.” 

The hope is to publish the entire review with color pages this year; the liveliness is certainly needed after a year and a half with Zoom university. Thanks to the funding Media Council approved, they have the budget to print all in color. Those interested in being published in the review should include a color they think pairs well with their submissions. There is no limit to the amount of submissions per individual, but they do request that you also include a brief (one to three sentence) bio. The Greenleaf Review publishes art, photography, poetry, short fiction prose, non-fiction prose, and longform journalism.

“Regardless of experience, background, or age, the review is a place where all artwork is considered and possibly published by the end of the school year,” said Mendoza. The only requirement is that, to be published, one must be a current Whittier College student; alumni work is not currently accepted. However, anyone is welcome to request a copy when available. The Greenleaf Review’s main mission is making sure student’s voices are heard through whatever medium they use to speak, and sharing published work is an important aspect of that. “Community has been really hard to foster in the last year, and my hope is that this review is a way to encourage community from afar,” Mendoza continued. She hopes to see the “Voices in Color” theme allow them to pair photography with poetry, art with fiction, and so on. The pieces will be connected by the colors to create a cohesive theme while illustrating the interconnected web of community. 

However, one drawback of distance learning is spreading the word. The Greenleaf Review team hopes to gather as many submissions as possible to see our community in color. If you are interested in submitting your work, please send it to thegreenleafreview@gmail.com along with your bio and a color you think pairs with your work. The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 21. For more information, follow @the.greenleaf.review and @sigmataudelta on Instagram. Mendoza encourages telling your friends and professors to spread the word, saying, “There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain!”

Featured Image: Quaker Campus / Emerson Little

Kristi Weyand is a third-year double-majoring in English and Political Science with a perhaps-too-hopeful plan to pursue a career in journalism. Her time as the Arts & Entertainment Editor has led to her interest in the intersection of entertainment and ideas generally seen as political, inspiring her way-too-many thinkpieces. When she is not writing, she can be found procrastinating by baking, watching bad movies, over-listening to the same music, and crying over succulents she just can’t seem to keep alive.
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