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Metamorphoses is a literary and art journal with a long publication history reaching back to 1989. Published annually by Cerro Coso Community College, Met features both established and emerging twenty-first century voices and visions from a variety of perspectives. Met publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, reviews and literary scholarship, and reproduces art in all mediums.

Currently, Met considers work by Cerro Coso students, faculty, staff, alumni, and invited guest writers and artists. Special consideration is given to pieces which highlight in some way the geographic service areas of the college; broadly, these areas are the Eastern Sierra, Indian Wells Valley, Mojave, Tehachapi, and Kern Valley regions of California.

The editorial board of the journal consists of Cerro Coso students and faculty members.

Metamorphoses Now Published Online

Metamorphoses publishes new material weekly or biweekly during the school year. View the latest short stories, poems, essays, and artwork in our current issue.

Submit Your Work

Interested in writing for Met?

The editors are now considering short stories, poems, essays, and art for publication. Submit your work today!

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about Metamorphoses, contact:

Gary Enns
Professor of English
(760) 384-6395
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Cerro Coso Community College
Kern River Valley Campus

Metamorphoses, A journal of literature & art Showcase


Poem by Kelsey Saxton Hire, Senior at Burroughs High School. 2015 Met Awards - First Place for High School Poetry

At seventeen
I never feel clean
I wear my
Stained cheeks...


We Are Gathered Here Today

Short Story by Jennifer Jones of Cerro Coso Community College. 2015 Met Awards - First Place for College Fiction

Uncle Dewey is crying as he talks about how much he’ll miss Mom’s terrible jokes. Julie remembers the one about the used car and chokes out a laugh. Her fiancé doesn’t say anything. He just quietly reaches for her hand. It’s when he begins rubbing his thumb across her engagement ring that Julie remembers what exactly she’d been considering before getting the phone call about Mom...



Short Story by Grace Kameyo Griego, 9th Grade, Union High School. 2015 Met Awards - First Place for High School Fiction

I like to believe that I am in complete control of my life. The idea of destiny or that God has a plan for me is simply laughable. This is my life and I choose what to do with it. I chose to fall in love...



Poem by Jennifer Jones of Cerro Coso Community College. 2015 Met Awards - First Place for College Poetry

A red string tied tight around a ring finger.
Reminds me of what,
or who, I'm tied to...


On a Final Note

Short Story by Alex Tellez. 2014 Met Awards - 1st Place for High School Fiction

In my youth, they told me this day would come. They explained the details clearly to my broken, desolate mother. The memories seem too vivid at this point in my life...


Three Lies

Short Story by Korinza Shlanta of Cerro Coso Community College. 2014 Met Awards - 1st Place for College Fiction

People are told three lies about dying. The first is that everyone dies alone...