Online literary journal provides creative outlet

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gina Hochhalter, English instructor at CCC, began Palabras in 2002. She currently designs Palabras at home and relies on six volunteers to help her edit and post the publication.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

A literary journal designed to give undergraduates a chance to publish their work is blossoming, according to founder, publisher and Clovis Community College English instructor Gina Hochhalter.

Started in the fall of 2002, Palabras contains a range of works such as poems, lyrics, essays, research papers, and art.

It is published online twice a year.

“Many publications out there are elitist in a certain way,” Hochhalter said. “And that’s just not this journal.”

In fact, the only requirement is that a submissions is no longer than five double-spaced pages. And even then, the editor, Hochhalter will work with the writer to publish excerpts.

Though Palabras began by publishing the work of CCC undergraduates, it has expanded to the general public.

“Now it’s for anyone who wants to express themselves,” Hochhalter said.

Palabras — which means words in Spanish — started as a print publication but the cost became too great and demands weren’t being met.