Wield the weapon of words

Sword in the Stone by Ade McO-Campbell

“Sword in the Stone” by Ade McO-Campbell depicts the legendary sword Excalibur.

The Rain Bird staff has just announced its newest theme, “Legendary,” for WCC’s next literary art journal. Any form of writing or art is welcome to be submitted.

“We want stories about people who are legendary, events that are legendary and feelings that are legendary,” said Kayla James, a WCC student and member of the Rain Bird staff.

“We also want artwork…just submit it. You have much to gain and nothing to lose!”

So if you have a few sketches you created hiding in your bag or a poem filed away on your computer, pull them out and enter them.

The Rain Bird staff consists of a small group of about five to ten students enrolled in ENG 280, which can be taken twice for credit towards an AA degree.

The class helps you learn how to use InDesign desktop publishing software and how to work with other people to produce the publication.

“Communication skills are important, which is hard (for me), but it’s good to be out of your comfort zone because that’s how you grow,” said James.

The small size of the class is rather nice because, as James mentions, “Each student gets more one-on-one time with the professor.”

During the fall semester, the class reads through the submissions and picks those to be published in the journal.

They also design the book cover. The spring semester heralds a time for celebration as the students put the finishing touches on the book and plan the launch party.

Over the years, the parties have included a “Love Bazaar” and a “Hunger Games” theme. This year’s Rain Bird launch party will be on Wednesday, May 6 at lunchtime, celebrating the theme “Under the Influence.”

A piece of writing from the book is also turned into a video, which will be shown at the launch party. This year, they will be showing the short film “The Hand is Striking.”

In 2014, Rain Bird won a first place with special merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association. An ASPA judge praised the journal, saying, “Rain Bird is an amazing publication! You have mastered not only the basic elements of a good publication (staff box, table of contents, etc.), but you have also published excellent works from your school population.

“Rain Bird is a model for those up-and-coming magazines and an inspiration for those magazines that haven’t quite aced the necessary skills.”

by Tiffany Hayler, Ka ‘Ohana Co-Editor