Student literary magazine goes campus-wide

By BRETT NELSON / Montana State News

Artists rejoice ­—Opsis is back.

Montana State University’s literary arts magazine, Opsis, offers readers new content and a new look for its second annual release on May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Country Bookshelf.

“This has been a big year for Opsis,” said Mary Koppy, Opsis editor-in-chief, “Those of our readers who have seen our transformation over the last four years know how aggressively the magazine has evolved.”

Since its inception in 2006, Opsis has sought to expand interest amongst the public, not only with Bozeman readers, but also with anyone interested in local arts beyond the Bozeman community.

“Our long-term goal is to make Opsis a national circulation,” said Professor Zachary Bean, Opsis’ faculty advisor.

The completely student-run publication features work from MSU students in unexpected fields, like engineering, agriculture, architecture, as well as from faculty and staff.

The journal has succeeded in expanding interest this year with a record number of 240 submissions, with nearly 50 being published in categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, or mixed media art.

Molly Wright, Opsis’ assistant nonfiction reader and assistant promotion editor, read about a dozen nonfiction articles, claiming her favorite as a piece written about summer in the mountains of Montana.

“It was beautiful and definitely unexpected, and written by someone in the agriculture department, which was awesome,” Wright said.

This year, the journal focused on including work from all different areas of study. “Emails were sent to each department encouraging submissions, and posters were hung all over campus to try and reach a wide range of students,” said Wright.

Along with content, Opsis has been expanding its look. Andy Meyer, poetry editor and design co-editor, has been designing a new layout and design for the journal.

“The book looks great, and I’m really excited for everyone to see it,” said Meyer.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the release of the publication, with staff and students preparing to share their creative works.

“We provide a showcase for all of the talented students in the MSU community who are using their skill and imagination to make things … For many of these students, they’ve created really cool stuff that no one knows about because there’s not another venue for sharing their work,” Bean said.

Opsis has allowed students and faculty to collaborate on something meaningful to share with the Bozeman and MSU communities, and the students and faculty involved expect much success from their efforts when the journal is released. Editor-in-chief Kelsey Weyerbacher said, “I am already incredibly proud of what we have created.”

– Edited by Alex Heidema

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