Investing in STEM on the South Side

October 10, 2017

Public Relations

This fall, four student writers and artists were individually recognized by the Community Colleges Humanities Association for the 2017 Student Literary Magazine Competition for their contributions to the Eleven Rivers Review, Palo Alto College’s literary journal.

The annual competition highlights student work from all over the nation to help shape and strengthen students’ personal and professional growth within the humanities. Awards are given in nine categories for first through third place, plus honorable mentions in each category. The following Palo Alto College students were awarded in the Southwestern Division for their submissions to the Spring 2017 edition of theEleven Rivers Review:

First place: “Cardinal Reflection” by Randolph Davila
Third place: “Cemetery Flowers” by Jasmine Trevino

Second Place: “Essence” by Kathleen Hinojosa

Creative Nonfiction 
Honorable Mention: “Red Shorts, Tossed Salad, and Figurines” by Valarie Cervantes

“This is a national recognition. These students winning these awards for the southwest division really shows how much talent we have at Palo Alto College. We are a smaller college than most of the colleges included in this division, which again supports how talented our students are,” said Hunter Bates, student success coordinator and staff advisor for the Eleven Rivers Review

Through participation in the Eleven Rivers Review, students learn not only about the craft of writing and artistic expression, but also about the publishing and promotion process. The journal is student-focused, as it is made up entirely of Palo Alto College student entries and is curated and edited by a team of student editors. Once the journal is complete, the students host a publication party to showcase the completed journal, sell printed copies, and celebrate the talents of the contributors. 

The first edition of the Eleven Rivers Review was published in 2015 as an outlet for students to publically share their written and artistic expression. Originally published each semester, the Eleven Rivers Review will move to an annual publication beginning this 2017-2018 academic year. 

“In looking at a lot of the best publications included in the Community Colleges Humanities Association that are perennially ranked as the best, they are all an annual format. We want to get the Eleven Rivers Review to that level of professional quality by moving to an annual publication as well,” said Bates.

The Eleven Rivers Review is published online and in print; to view the Spring 2017 edition online, click here. For more information about the journal, visit