Featured Essays

Cultural Learning

Patrick Riley, November 19, 2015

Shortly after arriving to Colorado Springs in late December 2013, there was an issue with some family I have here, and I was battling homelessness a week after getting into town. The homeless community is an ostracized, unseen, or ignored culture in the United States. No one wants to have them around, and yet many of them are trying to get back on their feet so they can be productive members of society again. It is very difficult for those trying to get back on their feet. Most cities are not making it easy to do so.

Poetry PPCC Voice

The Mountain's Voice

Tim Garcia, November 19, 2015

I climb the mountain peak, in search of myself, but only found a blind man, wrapped in the lion’s mane and nothing else. The mane glistened in the light of the sun, coarse and rough, matted and soiled, he carried the pain of the earth, of those unjustly embroiled.

Artist Voices

Nature Serving Man: Man Serving Nature

Jacob Ady, February 12, 2015

My inspiration for the piece was how electronics serve man, and man serves nature, and vice-versa. But again, its how we came from nature, and in turn we help nature, like how a tree grows and gives us oxygen, and we prune the branches to make it stronger. It was a shout out, really, of appreciation for the simple things that are taken for granted.


Drops in the Bucket

Suzanne Calvin-Yim, February 12, 2015

I see a soldier who was brave and strong when others were tearing apart who she was as if it would impact what she offered. Her story is the story of hundreds of soldiers, and countless others who have stories that are different from hers, but are stories nonetheless. Soldiers who joined the military when society still referred to them as “kids.” Soldiers who have left their families, their homes, and their ways of life. Soldiers who marry and forego honeymoons for overseas assignments or miss the births of their first children. Soldiers who hold their two year old children on their laps, then do not see those children again until they are a year or two older. Soldiers who kiss the people they love good bye one last time without really knowing it. Soldiers who are fighting for what I, a civilian, stand for.


Upcoming Literary Events

Parley, October 6, 2015

Colorado Springs has many excellent literary events scheduled for the month of October. Please attend and encourage your students to attend, and take special note of two PPCC literary events: a Student Open Mic on Oct. 16 and our student and faculty Fall Reading on Oct. 29.