Rosalie DeAstis // Features Editor
For over twenty years, COD’s artists, poets, and storytellers have been expressing their creative passions through the college’s liberal arts magazine, Prairie Light Review. The winter 2013 publication will be distributed today at the PLR Magazine launch party 6-8 PM in SSC 1200.
Storyteller brings talent to PLR
23 year-old Megan Thornsbury has finally decided to take her talent for short story writing public by getting published in the winter 2013 Prairie Light Review.
Thornsbury also grew an interest in photography when she took a class her freshman year of high school. Her favorite photographs are portions of the body instead of the complete model.
“If you think about it, one person is made up of a lot of pieces.”
A lot of Thornsbury’s work is inspired by her past experiences, authors like Dorothy Parker and Amy Hempel and the stories she hears from the people she talks to every day.
“The darkest part of people inspires me.”
Megan’s poem to the far right was motivated by the fact that there is a stigma around mental issues.
“I’m only human. There’s days I don’t have my sh*t together. Nobody wants to talk about it but everyone feels that way sometimes – and hopefully someone else can feel a little more comfortable in their skin [from my writing].”
Thornsbury also enjoys gardening, painting, drawing, and spending time with her son. She’s looking at transferring to DePaul or Purdue in the future.
“No matter what, I never want to stop writing.”
Marine Corps to spoken word poet
Marine Corps veteran, spoken word poet and photographer, Brad Setter, is one of the many students whose work will be published in this semester’s Prairie Light Review Publication, where three of his photos will be featured. Setter found his passion for photography the first time he picked up a camera as a child.
“I get to share what I see with other people, and evoke a message for society.”
Setter has a fascination with humanity, which he says started while he was in combat.
“It made me value human life on a much higher level.”
In the photo to the left, Setter explained how the meaning behind this was to portray how society teaches little children.
“When you’re little, you’re bright and don’t worry about anything. But children shouldn’t be blindsided.”
In high school, Brad enjoyed martial arts and his love for poetry began after seeing award-winning poet, Andrea Gibson perform. Setter now does open mics around the suburbs to share his work.
Setter is also president of the college’s Pride Alliance and hopes to transfer to UIC or NIU next fall, to continue studying sociology.