Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Journey has first public reading of semester

Friday, August 31, 2018
Liam Ohlendorf recites his writing during the Journey Reading at Catapult Creative House on Aug. 27.
Photo by Joshua Dodge

On Aug. 27 members of the Journey Literary Organization met at the Catapult Creative House to share their writings. Members recited a wide range of stories dealing with topics from real-world family illness to humorous fictional tales about movie characters.

President of the club and English writing major Liam Ohlendorf was the first to share his writings.

Ohlendorf read several bug-themed writings. He explained bugs were a common motif in his writing, the product of an inside joke with a friend about “love bugs.”

He also recited a poem titled “Cops1,” which took on point of view of a violent police officer. Oldendorf said the poem was intended to help promote a real-world perception of law enforcement officials.

Senior member Karma Alvey read a story about her brother’s experience in the hospital. The poem detailed the fact he was hospitalized twice in one month, and her own struggles with his illness.

According to Alvey the Journey club is an important outlet for her and other young writers. She and she’s become comfortable reading her works aloud.

Alum Raghav Sharma read his piece “Powerful Jargons of Life” for the first time at a Journey event.

“I want to use my writings to transfer my feelings to others and help them have a better understanding of the world,” Sharma said.

The next Journey reading there will be Sept. 24 at the Catapult Creative House.