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English 137: The Literary Magazine—History and Production


In ENG 137 we all share a common goal: the successful publication and promotion of a new edition of Bravura Palomar’s annual literary journal. The class is a collaboration among the students and the faculty advisors where everyone contributes based on their own academic interests, and areas of expertise. Students will take on a variety of roles over the course of the semester so it is also a great opportunity to develop new skills through hands on Experience.

We want to encourage students from all levels of experience and a variety of academic backgrounds to join this unique class and contribute to the publication of the next edition of Bravura.

ENG 137: Student Contributions

Publishing: (gain experience in all stages of the publication process)

Evaluate submissions in collaboration with your fellow editors

Prose, Poetry, and Visual Committees: Recommend for Publication

Revise/ edit/ proofread Texts for the publication

Submission Outreach:

Campus outreach: Class Visits and promotional events

Local High School Outreach Program

Social Media Outreach

Social Media Management


Web design/ Content Development

Graphic designer/ In-design Journal Layout

Events and Public Relations:

Public readings on campus

Events in the community   

Fundraising/ Sponsorship                 

Organizing The annual Gala

Bravura: ENG 137
Faculty Advisors

Clare Rolens, PhD.

Associate Professor: English crolens@palomar.edu
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara M.A. University of California, San Diego Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Stacey M. Trujillo, PhD.

Associate Professor: English strujillo@palomar.edu
A.A. Chaffey College B.A. San Diego State University M.A. University of California, San Diego Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Words cannot express how elated I am to have worked as a contributor for Bravura and having my piece chosen for publication in the journal. It felt like an honor for me, for engaging in the class and meeting new people who has diverse interests and showcasing their creativity. This was a fun experience that I will never forget. The class felt like a unification between artists of different mediums who writes stories or compose artworks/designs that collaborated with each other to compose a journal showcasing unique voices. I'm not sure if it's just me, but creativity felt overlooked and undervalued, especially in a school environment. If you want to get yourself involved in Bravura, you can! These professors show that they care about the course and the journal.
Eric Cruz
2020 Editor/Contributor
2020 Cover of Bravura: Artwork by Journey Smothers
I really enjoyed ENG 137 because it is a real-world example of what the life of a graphic designer is like. I helped design the 2018 and 2019 editions, and the experience strengthened my typography and Adobe InDesign skills immensely. The experience gave me a competitive edge when I transferred to a CSU graphic design program, where I am now regularly tasked with designing catalogs, brochures, and other large bodies of text. ENG 137 gave me the confidence and experience to tackle these types of projects head-on, in the most fun way possible. The professors and fellow students that I worked with are delightful, and I became good friends with everyone I worked with. ENG 137 is a glowing example of what a collaborative, welcoming, creative, and enjoyable learning environment should be.
Adam Sendler
Editor/ Designer for 2018-19
Amid a 20-unit schedule, ENG137 was a cathartic interlude that I looked forward to every week. This class served as both a respite from the rigid structure of other classes, and an outlet for individualism and collaboration. ENG137 offers a unique opportunity to explore artistry in a positive and nurturing atmosphere where all forms of creative expression are celebrated and valued. If you are a student who is timid about sharing your work, consider Bravura! Professors Clare and Stacey have fostered a supportive and communal culture where every student is made to feel like a welcome member of a creative team.
Linea Montiel
2020 Editor
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