• By Calli Delsman

The Coup hosts virtual publication celebration

Minot State has many different clubs and organizations that students and faculty may not be aware of or are unsure of the clubs’ purposes. The Coup is one group at Minot State that brings opportunities to students in the Art and English Departments to showcase their projects or writing pieces.

“The Coup, Minot State’s art and literary magazine, is a student publication that comes out once a year to feature student artwork, poems, stories, and essays. The Coup is funded jointly by the Art and English Departments,” said Dr. Patti Kurtz, associate professor in the english department.

Kurtz is a faculty advisor along with Dr. Andrea Donovan from the art department, but they also have student positions that help design and edit the magazine along with other work to create the magazine.

“This year, our staff is Johanna Grosz, art editor, and Praise Okunbor, literary director. Their job is to solicit submissions from MSU students, sort through and choose the best submissions for the publication,” Kurtz said. “Praise, on the literary side, edited the submissions and Johanna worked on the layout and design of the magazine.”

This year, due to COVID-19, their celebration of their publication will be hosted virtually. The event will take place on Zoom Tuesday, October 20 from 7-8 p.m. Anyone who wants to attend can email patti.kurtz@ndus.edu, and she will send the link to the Zoom meeting.

“Normally, we would have an in-person publication party, but with COVID-19, we’re going virtual,” Kurtz explained.

During the event, audience members can expect to learn about different students’ pieces of work, and will hear from the editors and advisors about The Coup and the process of creating the magazine.

“Our plans are to have both editors speak a bit about their experience editing the Coup and their vision for the 2020 Coup. We also hope to have contributors either read an excerpt of their work or talk about their process for creating the work. Both advisers will say a few words and also try to encourage anyone attending to get involved in the 2021 Coup,” Kurtz, said.

The Coup has been published at MSU since the 1960s. Any student can be a part of this opportunity for the upcoming 2021 publication of The Coup

“We are soon going to be taking applications for an art and literary editor for the 2021 Coup. If students are interested, they should contact me or Andrea. (patti.kurtz@ndus.edu or andrea.donovan@ndus.edu),” Kurtz explained. “If students wish to submit, they should watch for our call for submissions later this semester. We look for artwork in any genre (painting, drawing, photography, etc) and literary pieces of about 2000 words--poems, stories, essays.”

Students, staff, faculty, and anyone from the Minot community is welcome to join in on the celebration of students at Minot State. If interested, please contact Patti Kurtz at patti.kurtz@ndus.edu for the virtual link and any other questions.

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