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Opus is Hope College’s bi-annual creative arts publication. Serving as a showcase for Hope students’ poetry, short stories, and art, Opus has undergone many changes in format and content since its conception. Most notably, it began to include photography in 1957 and shifted from full page to booklet size. Throughout the years, Opus’s conflict with the college administration in fighting censorship and with students in defending submission standards has affected much of its history, but Opus has also played an important role in the arts at the college, initially working with the Fine Arts Festival and later hosting its own artistic forums and readings. It was from these events that Jack Ridl, a former faculty advisor for the Opus staff, formed the Hope College Visiting Writer’s Series, a popular program on Hope’s campus even today. The collection is an anthology of prose, poetry, music, and art; background information, clippings and correspondence.


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