Parley – Who we are and what we do

Parley is a literary and arts journal designed to showcase the creative and academic excellence of Pikes Peak Community College’s student body. All works are created, edited, and designed by students.

Over the course of its 8-year evolution, Parley has become PPCC’s one-stop-shop for creative and academic excellence. However, Parley’s origins stem from an earlier source, PPCC’s former literary arts magazine, Almagre, which began in 2001. The literary magazine was a brainchild of PPCC instructors, Deidre Farrington-Schoolcraft and Gail Bicknell, who noticed the burgeoning wave of creative young people littering the PPCC scene and wanted a way for these students to publish their work.

Working with a local graphic artist, and under the editorial direction of Farrington-Schoolcraft and Bicknell, students designed the first issue of Almagre in 2001, which won 2nd Place at the Southwestern Division of the Community College Humanities Association. MGD program compatriot, Kris Akse, joined Almagre in year three, easing the design and production process. In addition to producing 10 issues of Almagre, Farrington-Schoolcraft and Akse also championed to have the literary magazine be part of the PPCC budget, paving the way for Parley.

In 2012, After Almagre’s successful run as PPCC’s literary and visual arts magazine, Parley was officially born, but its identity was starkly different from that of Almagre. Published under Robin Schofield from 2012 to 2014, Parley focused on academic writing, and included faculty analyses of student work. When PPCC instructor Gary Walker took over as publisher in 2015, working alongside Emily Forand during the 2016 and 2017 semesters, Parley’s creative identity received yet another revamp.

Keeping with the academic theme established by Schofield, Walker also returned the concept of Parley to that of the literary and visual arts seen previously in Almagre. Writing, photography, and art contests also became a part of Parley’s identity, as did the student-led blind voting process. Submissions featured in Parley were evaluated by students enrolled in the JOU 215 course, working in conjunction with MGD designers and sometimes MGD classes to create hard copy editions of Parley. This model for creating, designing, and publishing Parley remained the norm until very recently.

In spring 2019, under the incentive of publisher and PPCC instructor Sarah McMahon, and with the help of student interns Jacob Adams, Joe Barton, Camille Liptak, and Devon Martinez, another idea for Parley took shape: transform the inclusive and visually distinguished literary arts journal into an online publisher. This shift from print to online allows for more student involvement, giving a higher number of students the opportunity to get published, also honoring Parley’s mission of inclusiveness. And so, in the fall of 2019, Parley became Parley Publishing, an online publishing house for literary arts, visual arts, academics, contests, and community partnership programs.

Parley’s goal is to give every PPCC student the opportunity to get their work published. It is our belief that creative literary and artistic works produced by students should be read and appreciated regardless of experience. Whether a student is an aspiring novelist, a learned poet, a novice photographer, or an artist-by-trade, there is an opportunity and a space for them in Parley. 

Thanks for reading,

Camille Liptak, Parley editor-in-chief

Parley Publishing would like to thank:

Deidre Farrington-Schoolcraft and Gail BicknellAlmagre publishers.

Kris AskeAlmagre designer and publisher.

Robin Scholfield, 2012-2015 Parley publisher.

Gary Walker, 2015-2018 Parley publisher.

Emily Forand, 2016 & 2017 Parley co-publisher.

Sarah McMahon, 2019 Parley publisher.