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The Palouse Review is the biannual arts and academics journal of the Washington State University Honors College. We accept submissions from current and former honors students from Washington State University and from throughout the Western Regional Honors Council. Our editors are looking for carefully crafted, evocative work that demonstrates the literary, artistic, and academic excellence of our broader honors community.

The new edition of the Palouse Review will be published December 1, 2017. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017. Please use the submission link on the menu to the left. We look forward to your submissions of creative and scholarly work.

The Palouse Review, May 1st 2017 Edition

Fiction ~ Nonfiction ~ Scholarship ~ Poetry ~ Photography and Visual Art ~ Music ~ Digital Multimedia

On behalf of the editorial team – Welcome to The Palouse Review!

Since 2013 The Palouse Review has been publishing talented, creative work by current and former honors students in the western United States.

In the May 1st 2017 edition we are publishing 37 works of art and scholarship by 28 individual artists and authors representing 11 different colleges in the Western Regional Honors Council.

We celebrate different perspectives. The fictional: realistic and futuristic studies of self in experimental and classical narrative; in both concrete and searching poetry; in painted and photographed imagery. The nonfictional: observations of how people live and love, get hurt, and both take and miss opportunities. The rational: shrewd scholarly analyses of not easily accessible painting and literature – and a video creation urging us to experience the many forms our humanity takes.

I wish I could discuss these works by author and artist name and in detail. But this is not the place.

Instead, please, enjoy the talent of all these varied and refined works of art and scholarship!

Kim Andersen | Managing Editor The Palouse Review

May 1st 2017


  • Dearest Cora
    by Brandi Long (Washington State University)
  • Brandi Long is a second semester freshman majoring in psychology and women’s studies. Though she doesn’t often write creative fiction, she enjoyed bringing in a psychological element to this story.
  • A Place of Death
    by Connor McCloskey (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Connor McCloskey grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, just outside Denver, Colorado. It was here that he fostered his love for storytelling and nature while developing his devilish good looks and masterful sense of comedy. Connor is currently a student at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is studying creative writing, psychology and computer science.
  • A Portrait of Innocence
    by Katelin Morrison (Penn State Harrisburg)
  • Katelin Morrison is a sophomore English major at the Pennsylvania State University. She is from a small, rural community in central Pennsylvania and is currently looking into careers in editing, writing, and teaching English in refugee communities. In addition to writing she enjoys reading, cooking, being outdoors, and making music.

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  • Sterile Thoughts
    by Philip Blatt (University of Portland)
  • Philip Blatt is a Senior at the University of Portland studying biology and plans to graduate in May. After graduation, he will attend OHSU medical school beginning fall of 2017.
  • Phenidone Perfume
    by Bridgette Brados (Northern Arizona University)
  • Bridgette Brados is currently a freshman and is majoring in English at Northern Arizona University. Her work has appeared in Best Arizona Teen Writing of 2016.
  • The Visible Helpers
    The Woman Who Loved Me
    by Samuel Collins (Lane Community College)
  • Samuel N. Collins was born in Liberia before the civil war and moved to the United States in 2007 to join his parents. He lived in New Jersey for many years before moving to Eugene, Oregon. Samuel attends Lane Community College and is pursuing a transfer degree.
  • Kiss and Tell
    by Allie Sipe (Southern Oregon University)
  • Allie Sipe is an English major and anthropology minor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. In 2016-2017, she served on the staff of the award-winning literary magazine Scribendi based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work also appears in Conceptions Southwest and The Chaos (forthcoming).
  • Sunspots
    by Heather Spurling (Washington State University)
  • Heather Spurling is a soon-to-be graduate of Washington State University with an English degree and a focus on editing and publishing. Scribbling stories and poems in notebooks has been a part of her life since she was very young, and she’s loved reading for even longer. In her free time, Heather also enjoys teaching fitness classes, finding cute coffee shops, being outside, and traveling anywhere as much as possible.

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  • Irving Penn: No Expiration Dates
    by AnnMarie McCracken (Washington State University)
  • AnnMarie McCracken is currently attending Washington State University Honors College in Pullman, Washington. Originally from Richland, Washington, AnnMarie currently lives in Coeur d’Alene with her mother and five sisters. She is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi at WSU. AnnMarie plans to double major in anthropology and French and minor in microbiology.
  • The Incarnation of Christ as Presented in The Annunciation by Dieric Bouts
    by Mary-Margaret McLeod (Brigham Young University)
  • Mary-Margaret McLeod is from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She is currently studying art history and curatorial studies at Brigham Young University where her husband is also a student. They are expecting their first child this June. After completing her degree in art history, Mary-Margaret plans to attend law school and hopes to pursue a career in copyright law. In addition to her own research and studies, Mary-Margaret works for the BYU Library as a reference assistant where she helps fellow students learn how to research. In her spare time Mary-Margaret loves to hike, play tennis, and is always looking for a new recipe to cook.

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  • He Never Knew a Thing
    by Averie Basch (California State University, Fresno)
  • Averie Basch is an 18-year old freshman attending California State University, Fresno. She is a Smittcamp Family Honors College Scholar, with a major in English and a minor in creative writing. She has always enjoyed reading and writing and hopes to build a career as a writer, eventually as a novelist. Averie loves being able to experience different lives and emotions through writing, whether it be poetry or fiction, or broadening her mind with essays.
  • Come Out and Play
    True Form
    Wisdom Teeth
    by Marirose Bernal (Regis University)
  • Marirose Bernal is a Hispanic triplet from a large and chaotic family, who left her hometown to study English and politics at Regis University. She enjoys arguing and engaging in community events and protests, and usually has overdue library books and art supplies in her bag. Marirose intends to go to grad school and continue writing.
  • Ghost of a Rose
    by Lindsey Hansen (Brigham Young University)
  • Lindsey Hansen grew up in South-Eastern Idaho. She obtained her associates from BYU–Idaho and is completing her bachelors at BYU in English with minors in editing and creative writing. She is passionate about writing. She loves palm trees and humidity. Her favorite flavor of snow cone is birthday cake. She lives in Orem, UT with her husband (who is also an Idaho farm boy).
  • Only
    by Arwen Maier (California State University, Long Beach)
  • Arwen Maier is a Senior at California State University, Long Beach, finishing a degree in history, with a special emphasis on Africa and the Middle East, ancient and medieval history, and world history. She plans to pursue a postgraduate degree after she finishes at CSULB in Spring 2018. Arwen hopes to become a Ph.D. in the field of world history. Arwen is married with three children and lives in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
  • Relapse
    by Hannah Riccardi (California State University, Fresno)
  • Hannah is a senior in the Smittcamp Family Honors College who will be graduating with an Bachelors in criminology in May of 2017 and will be attending the MFA program in poetry at Fresno State in the fall. She has won the Larry Levis Poetry Prize in 2016 and enjoys coffee, coaching debate, and providing administrative support to causes she cares about.
  • Rain
    by Heather Spurling (Washington State University)
  • Heather Spurling is a soon-to-be graduate of Washington State University with an English degree and a focus on editing and publishing. Scribbling stories and poems in notebooks has been a part of her life since she was very young, and she’s loved reading for even longer. In her free time, Heather also enjoys teaching fitness classes, finding cute coffee shops, being outside, and traveling anywhere as much as possible.

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Photography and Visual Art

Angelina Cruse
Angelina Cruse is currently a sophomore studying environmental engineering with a chemistry minor at NAU. She loves her major, but also enjoys photography as a hobby.

Harrina Hwang
Harrina Hwang is a third year student majoring in economics sciences with an interest in behavioral and abnormal psychology. Some of her interests involve in organizing solo backpacking trips and speaking publickly. In her spare time, she enjoys writing Korean poems and looking up people’s surname origin.

Rachel Sun
Rachel Sun is a junior majoring in journalism and media production in the Murrow College at Washington State University, and she is passionate about photography and art. Rachel loves adventuring with friends and a camera, and sharing her view of the world through the lens.

Maria Wanner
Maria Wanner is a sophomore from Hillsboro, Oregon, studying apparel design. Ever since she was little, Maria has loved to create with her hands and dabbles in a variety of mediums as hobbies.

Kaitlynn Webster
Kaitlynn is a senior art student at Fresno State University, centering her focus in sculpture. She works in combinations of glass, bronze, and found objects. Her work largely focuses on the experience of cognitive dissonance, and encourages the viewer to examine that which they believe to be true.

Danica Wixom
Danica graduated in Spring 2013 with a double major in humanities and Spanish. Her thesis was a labor of love, combining her personal experience with loss and her love for arts, with a cross-cultural analysis of other artist’s grief expressions. Since graduating, Danica has worked in Pullman as a pastor and continues to create art in her spare time.

McKayla Wixom
McKayla Wixom is a junior studying zoology, preparing to enter WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. She is an avid visual artist, dancer, and horseback rider. Currently, she enjoys teaching modern dance as a group fitness instructor at University Recreation, as well as fostering her small business “McKayla Wixom Fine Art”, in which she paints commissioned portraits of people’s pets to aid in funding veterinary school.

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We decided not to publish any of the submissions for the Music category in this edition of The Palouse Review. We certainly hope to do so in the December 1, 2017 edition of The Palouse Review. Please, consider submitting your music for the next edition. If you have any questions in that regard, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Digital Multimedia

What inspires me to go abroad?
by Nam Nguyen (Washington State University)

Nam Nguyen was born in Dong Nai, Vietnam in 1996. He lived there for 17 years before moving to Kent, Washington in 2013. Nam is a recipient of more than 20 scholarship awards with the value over $100,000. He is also the first Washington State University student to pursue 9 successive study abroad programs in Ireland, Italy, Germany, England, Brazil, Australia, South Korea and Antarctica. In his free time, Nam enjoys reading, writing, songwriting, poetizing, drawing, painting, photographing and traveling.

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