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Who is Panku?

Pan Ku god of creation

Panku, the Chinese God of Creation, was born both female and male. S/He spent over 18,000 years creating the sun, the moon, the stars, the heavens, and the Earth. The Yin and the Yang symbolize Panku. 

After Panku died, S/He split into parts. The head formed the Sun and Moon, and blood became rivers and seas. Hair grew into forests. Sweat became the rain. Breath became the wind; voice became the thunder. The fleas from her/his skin became the ancestors of man. 

Anyone endowed with creativity is said to be possessed by the spirit of Panku.

First Issue Fun Facts 

Len Anne Easterly, first faculty advisor for Panku

Helene Anne reading.

  • The first issue appeared in 1964.
  • The first advisor of the magazine was Helen Anne Easterly.
  • The first issue contained a variety of work, including work by faculty as well as students.
  • One of the highlights of the issue was a short story, "It Reminds One of the Opera," by Harry Crews, who was a faculty member at BCC during the sixties and early seventies.

About Panku

First issue of Panku

Pan Ku magazine logo.

Panku is the Broward College student literary & arts magazine. Panku strives to promote and encourage the creative efforts of BC students in the literary and visual arts. It also serves as a training ground for students interested in careers in editing, publishing, graphic design, advertising, filmmaking, and other aspects of the collaborative creative process. 

Published twice yearly, in each of the two major terms, Panku is a member of the Florida College System Press Association (FCSPA). Panku routinely receives recognition at the annual FCSPA Awards banquet as one of the best literary & arts magazines among the state college system in Florida.

Panku's Backstory

Betty Owen, Patron Saint of Literary Magazines

Betty Owen sitting in office.

Panku, on the verge of ceasing to exist, was saved when a new faculty member, Betty Owen, agreed to be the advisor. 

For more than two decades, Betty was the driving force behind Panku and creative writing at the College. Known as the "Patron Saint o​f Literary Magazines," Betty was involved in all aspects of student writing at both the local and state level. 

Betty is a member of the Florida College System Press Association's (FCSPA) Hall of Fame. At the annual convention, Betty's magazine critiques were the highlight of the presentations. Betty was also elected to the Florida Community College Activities Association's Hall of Fame, the first publicat​ions advisor to be so honored. 

The issues of the magazine during the sixties, seventies, and early eighties reflect the diverse nature of the students and the nurturing and encouragement that Betty gives to everyone who comes in contact with her. Her ideals are reflected in the magazine today. 

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