Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor
Bellerive launched “Roche Limit,” the 19th issue of their local creative works collection, Feb. 22 and celebrated with a launch event at the Provincial House the same day.
Students in the Pierre Laclede Honors College produce the yearly publication, which features poetry, prose, art, photography and music submitted by the University of Missouri–St. Louis community. This means that in addition to accepting creative works from UMSL students, Bellerive also accepts creative works created by UMSL faculty, staff and alumni.
People who have submitted pieces to Bellerive in the past are also welcome to submit their works in the years following. Marley Small, junior, communication, is one such contributor who had a photograph of a Seattle aquarium included in a previous issue of Bellerive. Her photograph titled “Growing Up” can be found on Page 40 of “Roche Limit.”
“It wasn’t really a planned piece,” Small said. “I took some photographs while I was at a sunflower field and when Bellerive submissions were coming back around, I decided to put something together I thought it made a pretty interesting piece.
Jason Vasser-Elong, an UMSL alumni whose occupational credits include poet, essayist and anthropologist, was set to be the guest speaker at the event but had to cancel due to an unavoidable circumstance.
In his place, several contributors to “Roche Limit” stepped up and formed a panel to talk about their pieces of work to the attendees. The panelists spoke about what it was like to create their creative pieces as well as their personal experiences that helped shape their art.
Submissions for the 20th issue of Bellerive begin March 1, giving the community plenty of time to submit their works. However, not all creative works make the cut. After the works are submitted, the best pieces are chosen to be included in the publication.
The artistic pieces are submitted and then reviewed by a class right here at UMSL. The students are given anonymous copies of the submissions to look over and review independently. The students then take part in group discussions to analyze the merits and originality of each piece. The best pieces are then chosen as a group to be published.
“A lot of the discussions take place in class and on discussion boards online,” Chloe Simpson, senior, psychology, and member of the “Roche Limit” editing committee said. “We bring together individual opinions to get an idea of the overall attitude about the pieces and talk about the different ways the pieces may be received or interpreted and use that to come to a conclusion about how best they would fit into Bellerive.”
The students that take part in the selection process come from various different career fields, ranging from English to psychology.
“I like how so many different people with different majors come into the same class and provide all of their different opinions about the different pieces,” Simpson said. “All of those different opinions are really important because so many different people will be reading the book. We have to think about all the different ways people will interpret and enjoy the pieces.”
Given the wide variety of artistic pieces and readers, those who get their pieces published in Bellerive often find it as a great way to share their unique perceptions of life to others.
“It’s a really good opportunity to get your name and your ideas out there and express yourself,” Small said. “It’s really cool and I’m glad we have it around.”
Copies of the Bellerive “Roche Limit” are sold at $7 for one copy and $12 for two copies.