The Literary Magazine of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College

Welcome to The Copper Quill, the first fully online literary magazine for HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College! Founded in 2021, The Copper Quill features work from talented students across all 5 HACC campuses. We publish art, photography, poetry, and short works of prose (fiction and nonfiction). See our submission guidelines above, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Welcome Back!

 Welcome back to the Copper Quill! In this edition, we bring you a selection of poetry and creative nonfiction penned by HACC’s students and some photography by our very own editors and advisors. Thanks for joining us for the March 2023 Edition of the Copper Quill!

Join Flash Fiction 118 This Summer!

Check out Professor Greene’s Flash Fiction 118 information below.
We hope to see some of your flash fiction pieces in our upcoming Summer Issue! 

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Click Here for Professor Matthew Greene's introductory video!


We are very interested in creative non-fiction pieces, especially those that deal with the realities facing HACC students; those realities include dealing with financial aid, working, emotional and psychological challenges, and social justice issues such as racism or climate change. Pieces should be 2,000 words or less. 


FROM THE ADVISOR’S DESK: November is National Novel Writing Month, where writers are encouraged to write 50,000 words in 30 days. We at The Copper Quill would like to invite the novelists in our HACC community to consider submitting a chapter, or excerpt of up to 5,000 words for consideration. We are also hoping that the students in Professor Girardi’s English 114 class, Introduction to Novel Writing, will send us some of their work in the Spring after they’ve completed that great journey. Write On! 

-Rick Kearns 

 Faculty Advisor 

41st Wildwood Writer's Festival,

In case you missed this year's 41st Annual Wildwood Writer's Festival on March 24th, 2022, we've put together a Youtube playlist of recordings from the Zoom event. Click here to view the readings from this year's esteemed writers, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Tamara Girardi, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Geri Mendoza Gutwein, and Teresa Mei Chuc. 

Call the Healing Verse Philly Poetry line to hear someone read a poem by a local poet. Healing Verse Philly Poetry Line. New poem every Monday. Call 1-855-763-6792.
Geri Gutwein

Meet: Geri Gutwein.

Check out our most recent interview, featuring the gifted writer and former HACC professor, Geri Gutwein!