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Collins Living-Learning Center publication wins award for “flawless” work


Yara Clüver shows an older version of "Dancing Star." Collins Living-Learning Center's literary arts publication recently won the Gutenberg Award for its 2017-18 edition. Avery Williams Buy Photos

Becoming a published writer, artist or audio creative has never been so easy.

"Dancing Star,” Collins Living-Learning Center's literary arts publication, won the Gutenberg Award for its 2017-18 edition. The Great Lakes Graphics Association presented the awards on May 22.

"We are extremely proud to represent such outstanding print organizations," GLGA president Joseph Lyman said.

The Gutenberg, also known as the “Best of Category”, is only awarded to “flawless” publications according to a GLGA press release. Many years there is no winner because no publication reaches the GLGA's standards. The publications are evaluated by graphics experts in March.

Yara Clüver, associate director of Collins LLC, is in charge of “Dancing Star.” She said Collins residents apply to become the layout design editor. The publication features all auditory, literary and artistic work submitted by Collins LLC residents.

Clüver said budgetary constraints and lack of resident submissions can make publishing difficult. Submitting to "Dancing Star" is a way to share one's creativity, she said.

"Students don't always realize how important their work outside of class can be," Clüver said.

Kade Padgett, who majors in East Asian Languages and Culture, is published in "Dancing Star”. Padgett became involved with the publication when Jesse Grubb, who edited the winning edition, presented a craft workshop in the Collins LLC Coffeehouse. Grubb chose crafts to be featured in the publication, and Padgett's work was chosen.

Padgett said he encourages creative people to take advantage of “Dancing Star”.

"If you are an artist, this is a great way to say 'Oh I've been published,'" he said.

Padgett said real joy comes from being featured in a physical, longstanding university publication.

Clüver said the 2019-20 edition of “Dancing Star” will be released the last week of April 2020.

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