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College publication putting call out to writers, artists

Waving Hands Review seeks materials, deadline Feb. 15


Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking for talented artists of all media for its sixth annual publication of “Waving Hands Review.” The magazine publishes each spring with entries from community members across the region, including fiction, poetry, essays, photography, drawings and many other creations. The deadline to submit materials is Feb. 15. For more information, call 970-675-3243 or visit

There’s talent everywhere, and Northwest Colorado is no exception.

Colorado Northwestern Community College is seeking submissions for its sixth annual publication of the arts magazine “Waving Hands Review.” The publication is open to all types of creative expression from residents of Northwest Colorado, including written, drawn, painted or photographed entries.

Organizer Joe Wiley, instructor of English and philosophy at CNCC’s Rangely campus, said he already has received numerous entries, though he expects his inbox to be overflowing by the Feb. 15 submission deadline.

“A lot of people send in stuff at the last minute,” he said.

Although “Waving Hands” originally was created with the intent of giving CNCC’s students a place to display their ideas, the magazine has shifted toward community submissions.

Wiley said today’s students prefer to use the numerous digital options available, such as blogs, Facebook or other sources.

“They want to enter anything they want without anyone interfering,” he said.

Wiley added he has received entries from well outside the area, but he likes to keep the magazine limited to people in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

“People can pick (the magazine) up and really get a feel for the area,” he said. “It really reflects the values and the interests of people in Northwest Colorado.”

All ages have submitted work in the past, with the youngest artist ever selected a 2-year-old who snapped a photo of an icicle.

Among the people from Craig who have been part of the “Waving Hands” crowd are David Morris and Janele Husband, both of whom plan to submit materials again.

Morris has had numerous poems published in the magazine, many of which were inspired directly by the landscape of Northwest Colorado.

“I like to write about high Western desert because that’s what I love and where I spend a lot of my free time scrounging around,” Morris said.

Husband’s photography was prominently on display on the cover of last year’s edition — a picture taken during the Moffat County Balloon Festival of a soaring, rainbow-colored balloon’s rippled reflection in water below.

“It’s amazing the talent that’s right here locally that many people don’t even know about, but this publication is a great avenue,” she said.

Morris agreed, saying the sheer variety of writing and other media is what makes it such a worthwhile read for an area that is limited in regular displays of art.

“It’s a potpourri of the arts,” he said. “Nobody else around here does that, which is what makes it very, very important.”

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or


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