Sandstone Village
Marissa Kopco

Marissa Kopco

Nurture Nest
Margalit Schindler

Star Shooting
Jenna Citrus

Jenna Citrus

It Is All in the Mind
Jenna Citrus

"definitions belong
to the definers, not
the defined"

Emily Sirko

The Sand’s Script
David Albert Solberg

The Night of
the Dance

Devin Prasatek

Cognitive Decline

Charlsa Hensley

Amy Hinman

Jamie Lefevre

Emily Sirko

Dripping Conviction of an Everlasting Beauty
Nada Abdelrahim

Crossword Puzzles
Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Another Restless Night in My Apartment
Charles Childers

A Dark and Early Breakfast
Kara Wellman

I Speak of
Lindsay Hansard

Self Portrait as a Ghost
Jenna Citrus

Pocket Watch
Andrea Ruffier

Katy Knight

Listening In
Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Priceless Advice
Erin Amschlinger

Make Me Like Autumn
Emily Sirko

What I Want to Know About You
Emily Sirko

Time Lines
RoseMary Klein

Danger of Devotion
Jennevie Stephenson

Lies We Tell Our Children
Paige Thulin


Dripping Conviction of an Everlasting Beauty

Shake it off
wetness only lasts until
it dries. 
Wipe your nose
sadness only drenches
the first time.
Spit the fire out
don’t forget the body is
only human.
Fly over the cliffs when
you have the chance
or you’ll forget that
boldness too soon

About the Author

Nada Abdelrahim is a junior bioengineering major at the University of Illinos at Chicago with a secret passion for writing. She hopes to one day travel the world practicing medical research by day and spreading the healing power of words by night. Not only does she be-lieve in the incomparable power of a red gummy bear or an awesome outfit, but she also professes the importance of the written word. Her advice is to use words responsibly, for words can take you further than you ever believed possible.