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Writers

2015 Writers

Letter from the Editor

Readers,

The 2015 edition of Writers is a reminder that texts and images function as memories. Some of these memories were lived; some were constructed. Either way, they present ideas chosen and captured in the physical space of paragraphs, stanzas, and frames. When we read or look at them, we participate in a kind of remembering of these ideas—an experience beautiful enough to remind us of the incontrovertible value of art. The author of our epigram, Dave Eggers, also once said, “Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” Certainly, with each of their pieces, our contributors are reminding themselves and their readers to “not forget” the significance of a powerful moment in time.

In our Editor’s Choice poem, we are provided with a memory of walking along the Oregon Coast: “We stopped at a tiny stream/and turned back to the south, and it meant something.” That “something,” is enigmatic to the reader here, amorphous—like the nature of many of the important ideas associated with our memories. But they are important nonetheless. And we see that this year in Writers: in a child’s experience receiving surgery on her ears (“Give Ev’ry Man Thy Ear”), in a reminder that our bodies contain imprints of our lives (“Vite”)—even in the intimate conversations that occur in a minivan (“It Always Happens in a Car”). Our photographs are also physical representations of memories: moments made significant by a photographer’s intention, mixtures of untainted reality and artistic modification. Whether they take the form of family pictures (“Summer Portrait”) or delicate images of nature (“Illusions”), they are all pieces that highlight personal, communal, and natural histories in surprisingly creative contexts.

Another thoughtful writer, the 20th century Trappist monk Thomas Merton, once said, “Every moment and every event of every man’s life plants something in his soul.” We can access these moments and events, indeed “remember” them, in both painful and lovely ways as we read each page of Writers.

Sincerely,

Athena Lathos
Senior Editor

Articles

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Table of Contents
Athena Lathos

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Broken Sonnet for K
Philip Ellefson

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Bloom
Hali Thompson

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Crow
Katelin Stanley

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A Matter of Taste
Megan Lester

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Vite
Clare Munger

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Catch and Release
Erin Breska

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Mid-February
Megan Lester

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Smile
Meg Crowley

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New Year's Eve
Philip Ellefson

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Conversations with the Night
Dana Coppernoll-Houston

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Red Lips
Carolyn Munro

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Give Ev'ry Man Thy Ear
Megan Richardson

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Veleros
Marissa Quinones

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The Camp
Sarah Weaver

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Home
Hallie Holland

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Split Ends
Sara Coito

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Querida Profe
Kimberlee Turner

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Acknowledgments
Athena Lathos

Swine by Annie Turner

Editorial Board

Senior Editor
Athena Lathos
Editors
Hope Dorman
Ana Fonseca
Megan Lester
Morgan Mann
Cole Preece
Sarai Seekamp
Advisor
John McDonald

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