Walla Walla, WA – Whitman’s annual art and literary magazine, blue moon, celebrated its 21st  birthday on Saturday, April 26.  At the stroke of midnight blue moon Vol. 21, featuring 21 poems, 38 works of art and 16 prose pieces by students, faculty, staff and alumni, was distributed to students who had lined up for their first glimpse of blue moon Vol. 21.

 “I think that the magazine reflects both the work of a competent, devoted, and inspired staff and the many talents of Whitman’s artistic and literary community,” said Kate Rosenberg ’08, blue moon editor. 

As  blue moon Vol. 21 was being read on campus, blue moon Vol. 20, published in April 2007, continued to receive national recognition and accolades from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).  The magazine (Vol. 20), which was awarded the CSPA’s Gold Medal in December, recently received a College Magazine Gold Crown.  Although 1,355 magazines, newspapers and yearbooks competed for the Gold Crown, it was awarded to only 13 other collegiate publications and only six other magazines.

“Awards like this are the most meaningful in that they represent, in a tip-of-the-iceberg kind of way, a lot of hard work on the part of the blue moon staff, necessary support from the college, and a vibrant, flourishing community on the Whitman campus for the literary and visual arts,” said Scott Elliott, assistant professor of English and blue moon adviser.

Rosenberg praised the work of Carly Rue ‘07, Vol. 20 editor, and Andrew Witherspoon ‘10, layout editor, for taking the magazine to a “new level of professionalism, and creating a gorgeous and inviting template.”

In addition to receiving the overall award of the Gold Crown, the CSPA also recognized several of the individual pieces published in blue moon Vol. 20 through its Collegiate Circle Awards.  Baron Haber ‘08,  received  a first place for “April Showers Bring,” in closed (traditional) poetry;  Ariel Kitsch ‘07 took a second place in cartoons for “Melancholia,” and a certificate of merit for Illustration Portfolio of Work; Ian Beck ‘07 and Matt Bennett ’07 garnered a third place in humor for “Integral Truths”; Geoff Waring ‘07 received a certificate of merit in the traditional fiction category; and Gia Matzinger ’07 won a certificate of merit in Single Illustration Rendering Photographic Material, for “Mountain Man.”

Founded in 1925, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is an international student press association whose goal is to unite students at schools and colleges by critiquing publications and recognizing outstanding work.  The Association is owned and operated by Columbia University as a program affiliated with its Graduate School of Journalism.

For more information on blue moon, or to see an electronic version of blue moon Vol. 21, please visit the blue moon website at www.whitman.edu/bluemoon. blue moon Vol. 22 will be published in April 2009.

-Mark Prentice, ‘08