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elementia issue xvii Reception with Rudy Francisco

Teens celebrate the 17th issue of elementia, our award-winning teen literary magazine. Explore concepts of our theme, Connections, with National Poetry Slam winner Rudy Francisco. Enjoy art...

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Connect With These Books

Want to explore our upcoming theme of connection? See how other authors and artists are using the theme in their work?

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elementia issue xvi

elementia issue xvi is available now at any Johnson County Library location and online!

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elementia issue xvi Reception

elementia, the teen literary magazine published by Johnson County Library, presents volume 16 this year. We're celebrating with Jacqueline Woodson, a National Book Award winner and...

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Best of elementia

Celebrating fifteen issues and thirteen years of publication, the Johnson County Library is proud to announce the

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Best of elementia Release Party

Since its inception, Johnson County Library’s teen literary magazine, elementia, has published 15 issues that have...

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elementia is a literary arts magazine published to represent and uplift young adults. We accept original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. 

Everything and all of us are connected on every conceivable scale, from the subtle subatomic bonds in the smallest building blocks of matter to the massive interconnected root system of the 80,000 year old Pando aspen grove.

In our hectic modern world people build bridges, knock down walls and create networks to fight isolation and forge strong connections around the globe. Ideas and inspiration spread across the boundaries of location, medium, class and culture: mind maps on cosmic scale. We are each a collection of connections, our root systems shaped by influences of our families, friends, collaborators and heroes. Our links and bonds each tell a story about who we are and where we’ve been.

Whether you answer by pulling back to see this web from afar, or by closely tracing each filament to its root, our question for this elementia is: what connects you?

Submit your original poetry, short stories, essays, comics, or artwork through February 1, 2020.

Teachers
If you are a teacher of creative writing or visual arts, please reach out to elementia staff, to find out how we can help you in your classroom!

elementia is generously supported through the Joan Berkley Writers Fund of the Johnson County Library Foundation. Free copies of the magazine are available at all Johnson County Library locations.