New adviser to bring freshness to HPR


Every new semester is accompanied by the winds of change, and anyone who is familiar with High Plains Register will find that change has come in the form of a brand-new adviser.

Kristin Abraham, a third-year English instructor at the college, will advise Laramie County Community College’s yearly artistic magazine that showcases students’ works of art.

It was previously advised by Liz Jackson. Abraham is no stranger to creative writing. She has a Master’s in Fine Arts in poetry from West Virginia University and taught at Ashford University in Iowa, Adrian College in Michigan and at West Virginia University. She is also the poetry editor and editor-in-chief for the online publication Spittoon.com and contributes to Offchannel.com, which showcases the winners of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest for which she is the coordinator.

“Liz had wanted to pass the torch so to speak,” Abraham said. “I had run some student publications, so I figured it would be a good fit. HPR is one of the best publications I’ve seen at any college.”

Abrahams strives to improve not change HPR

Although she is the new adviser, drastic change is not exactly on her agenda. “The only thing I want to change is I want the students to have control,” Abraham said. “It is a student publication, and I think it will be a better experience as they get to have the most control in what goes in the publication.”

For students who are self-conscious or nervous about submitting their work, Abraham said submitting to HPR is better than at many other publications. “Whereas many places will just send a rejection letter, we have a much more personalized system,” Abraham said. “We sit down with the student and discuss their work and how they can improve on their craft. It’s the safest way to get your work out there.”

Abraham also urged students to join the class which does not begin until October. As of now three students are signed up.

“It’s a 1-2 credit class, so it’s not very demanding,” Abraham said, “It’s more like a job than a class.”

HPR takes any submissions ranging from essays to graphic art to compositions. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 19 by 5 p.m. for electronic submissions.

Electronic submissions must be sent via Submittable (http://hpr.submittable.com/submit); do not email any submissions.

Oct. 15 is the deadline for snail mail. Send to:

High Plains Register Submission c/o Kristin Abraham Arts & Humanities Division Laramie County Community College 1400 E. College Drive Cheyenne, WY 82007

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