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A sample of some of the region's best writing

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CHARTER Gonzaga University's nonfiction journal of scholarship and opinion focuses on a new theme each year. Previous themes have included being human in the technological age, the American dream, class, celebrity, Catholicism, and sports and society. Published every spring. Find it on Gonzaga Bulletin stands or contact Student Publications at 313-5865. Cost: free

LEGENDS Spokane Community College's student-run journal is produced by students in the Literary Magazine Production and Advanced Literary Magazine Production course and members of the Legends club on campus. Spring 2016 will bring the publication's 29th edition, which will include a campus competition for submissions. Published every spring. Find copies at various locations around campus or visit the Legends Office in Building 1, Room 234E. Cost: free

ONE WORLD Social activist Desmond Tutu was inspired to accept Gonzaga's invitation to speak at its 2012 senior commencement ceremony after reading a copy of One World. The journal publishes students' explorations of local, national and global social justice issues in the form of poetry, short stories, photography and profiles and interviews with social justice leaders. It seeks to educate readers about the diverse aspects of the world's cultures and promote unity by emphasizing the infinite value of the human person. Published every spring. Find it on Gonzaga Bulletin stands or contact Student Publications at 313-5865. Cost: free

OUR VOICES Gonzaga students, faculty, staff and alumni share their experiences and struggles within the campus community in this literary journal. It includes thought-provoking firsthand accounts and poems that focus on the the challenges faced by students new and old, traditional and nontraditional, in adjusting to the cultural climate of college. Published every spring. Find it on Gonzaga Bulletin stands or contact Student Publications at 313-5865. Cost: free

REFLECTION Published in various forms since 1960, Reflection is Gonzaga's journal of art and literature. It includes poetry, short fiction, photography and artwork of students, faculty, staff and alumni, with a sprinkling of art and written works from some of the first editions of the journal. Published fall and spring. Find it on Gonzaga Bulletin stands or contact Student Publications at 313-5865. Cost: free.

RIVERLIT Founded in 2010, Riverlit publishes a wide variety of written works and visual art. Though it accepts submissions from all over the world, it focuses on Spokane's finest talent, which has included works from accomplished local writers Sharma Shields, Thom Caraway and Shawn Vestal, among others. Published fall and spring. Buy it at Atticus, Boo Radley's and at riverlit.com. Cost: $10.

ROCK & SLING Whitworth's nationally distributed, faith-based journal promotes morally and aesthetically engaged language. It emphasizes writing and reading as ways to witness, or testify, to the truth of experience as an expression of faith. Published fall and spring. Buy it at Auntie's Bookstore, or purchase an annual subscription at rockandsling.com. Cost: $10.

SCRIPT Script is Whitworth's student-run journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. The journal hosts an annual reading on campus of each new edition. Published every spring. Find it at various locations on campus, or inquire inside Westminster Hall. Cost: free.

STRINGTOWN Edited and published by EWU professor Polly Buckingham, StringTown is an indie magazine of mostly poetry and short fiction that prominently features Northwest writers. It was first published in 1998, and its 2015 issue is guest-edited by award-winning local poet Christopher Howell. Published annually. Buy it Auntie's Bookstore and at other independent bookstores in the Northwest, or purchase a subscription for $12.50 at stringtownpress.org. Cost: $10.

TRESTLE CREEK REVIEW North Idaho College's publishes the literary and visual art of NIC community members and North Idaho residents each year. Established in 1982, the black-and-white journal sponsors various literary events at NIC and in the North Idaho region throughout the year. Published every spring. Find copies on campus in the Molstead Library and the English Department, and at various locations in Coeur d'Alene during fall. Cost: free.

WILLOW SPRINGS Staffed by students in Eastern Washington University's M.F.A. program at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane, Willow Springs is a nationally acclaimed literary journal. It contains the written work of emerging and established writers from around the country, including U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, with the goal of fostering an ongoing discussion of art, ideas, and what it means to be human. Published fall and spring. Buy it at Auntie's Bookstore, or purchase a subscription at willowsprings.ewu.edu. Cost: $10.

THE WIRE HARP The Wire Harp made its debut as a literary review journal at Spokane Falls Community College in 1984. More than 30 years later, it has evolved into a creative arts magazine showcasing the fine art, graphic art and written word of the campus' students, faculty, staff and alumni. Published every spring. Find it at various locations around campus, or in Building 24 near office 312. Cost: free.


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