Sept. 16, 2009
The 2009 edition of the Kiosk, Morningside College’s literary magazine, won the top award from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).
“Winning a Gold Medal rating means that Kiosk is functioning at the very highest level of excellence. It's credit to the student editors and to the student writers,” said Stephen Coyne, Kiosk faculty advisor and English professor at Morningside College.
Publications were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. The Kiosk scored 940 points out of 1000.
“The pieces are strong, and visceral, full of pathos and imagination,” said one judge. “Evidentially, the poetry belongs to poets, artists who understand the craft and execute it well.”
The Kiosk, which has been published by the Morningside English and Art Departments since 1938, includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and artwork created by students, alumni or members of the Morningside College community. Morningside students edit and design the publication. The 2009 edition featured Audrey Hantla, of Sioux City, as the editor-in-chief. The faculty advisors for the Kiosk include Coyne; John Kolbo, instructor of art; and Terri McGaffin, assistant professor of art.
The CSPA, owned by Columbia University, is an international student press association that connects student journalists and faculty advisors at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs.