P’an Ku Carries Lasting Legacy at Broward College
The offices of P’an Ku often bustle with activity as the staff of dedicated editors and writers work to produce the next edition of the award-winning literary magazine at Broward College. Since 1964, the publication has showcased the written and artistic talents of its students.
Vicky Santiesteban is in her third year as advisor, but the English professor was a member of the P’an Ku team back when she attended the institution around 1984. As each edition comes together, she marvels at all the painstaking time and devotion put into P’an Ku by the students. It’s truly a labor of love for this dedicated group as they juggle their classes with hours making the magazine. Editors have to sift through more than 300 submissions and then carry out the arduous task of narrowing the field for publication.
Their hard work is often praised and rewarded. Each year, the magazine participates in the Florida College System Activities Association Conference. At the most recent 2016 Awards Banquet, P’an Ku won 18 awards, including a top prize in poetry and the distinction of General Excellence.
The publication also marked another milestone when editors attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP) in Washington, D.C. This was the magazine’s first time to present on the national level. The P’an Ku editors were among more than 30,000 participants, and they had the opportunity to meet with writers, editors, agents, and presses. Everyone was stunned at the quality of the work.
A release party is hosted for each issue to acknowledge the effort by the staff and celebrate the talent of the contributors. Santiesteban has seen a number of memorable moments from these gatherings.
“I remember one older man who brought his wife and eight-year-old son,” she said. “He read his work, and you could see the pride in that family. The boy looked up proudly at his father reading from the podium. That is one of the defining moments for me; that we can honor someone’s work in such a way.”
The next Release Party for P’an Ku is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 in Building 33, Room 1110 inside the Willis Holcombe Center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
For more information on the publication or to submit your work, visit the P’an Ku website.