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February 11, 2020

After earning more national recognition, SVSU-produced literary art magazine to share latest edition at Saginaw event Thursday

Internal DiscomfortA Saginaw Valley State University-produced literary art magazine, Still Life, was 2-for-2 for its first two issues when it came to earning top recognition from American Scholastic Press Association judges. Now producers of the magazine — which features creative writing and imagery submitted by Bay and Saginaw county residents — are planning a public release party for its the third issue this week.
For its second issue, Still Life recently was announced as one of 114 publications nationally to receive a first-place designation in the magazine category for the American Scholastic Press Association's annual contest. Still Life received the same distinction for its first issue, published in 2017.
“As a writer, you want to know that you’re being heard and that your stories are being told,” said Chris Giroux, the SVSU associate professor of English who serves as the faculty editor of the magazine along with Hideki Kihata, SVSU professor of art, and Helen-Raica Klotz, director of the SVSU Writing Center.
“This award shows that others believe what our writers are saying is meaningful,” Giroux said.
For the third — and latest — issue of Still Life, the publication staff will host a release party Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Saginaw Art Museum, 1126 N. Michigan in Saginaw. The release party also will feature an open mic night for poetry.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Still Life magazine is a publication dedicated to providing Bay and Saginaw county community members an opportunity to share their creativity. The publication — produced yearly by the SVSU Writing Center — features poetry, other creative writing pieces and photography. The publication is intended to capture the essence of the region's people, places and relationships, producers say.
Copies of Still Life can be found at Bay City’s Alice and Jack Wirt Library, Saginaw’s Butman-Fish Branch Library, and SVSU’s Writing Center. The publication also is available digitally at
Originally supported by a grant from the SVSU Center for Academic Innovation, Still Life is generously funded by Saginaw neurologist and author Debasish Mridha.
Although the Still Life submission deadline is July 15 of each year, the publication accepts submissions year-round.