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Meet the Teacher: Scott Guldin

I always feel so privileged to read students' work. It inspires me. 

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Meet the Teacher: Jeff Dierking

I think that reading the thoughtful, skillful, and insanely creative output of students like mine has really inspired me to help my students see themselves as capable of that sort of brilliance.

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Meet the Teacher: Deirdre Zongker

"Working with Lynda Barry changed everyone’s lives, but most of all mine. I was inspired to read her works and incorporate her ideas to inspire creativity into all of my classes."

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Looking for an Editor?

Think your piece is ready to submit to elementia but you want to make sure you have all your commas in the right place, and the line breaks make sense?

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elementia Publishes a Song

elementia is proud to have published our first song in issue xiv!

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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. 

Join us at the reception celebrating the release of issue xv!

Thursday, April 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Arts and Heritage Center

The Johnson County Museum is extending their hours for us. Stop by anytime after 4:30 pm, to see the current exhibitions! Then, at 6:30 pm, take a free copy of the new issue and look at this year’s art on display while you enjoy refreshments and performances by local teens. At 7:30 pm, we begin our readings from teen poets with a keynote talk by A.S. King. Books by King will be available after the reception for purchase and signing. Find more details and RSVP online

Copies of issue xv will be available for free in all Johnson County Library locations and on our website starting Friday, April 27.

Young Adult Submission Committee
​Do you want to be a part of a young adult group selecting what goes in elementia? If you are in grades 9-12 and are interested in writing, we encourage you to join our group. For more information, e-mail elementia.

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, as well as grants from the RA Long Foudation, CPS Foundation and the Helen S. Boylan Foundation. Free copies of the magazine are available at all Johnson County Library locations.