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 Palouse Review, December 1st 2017 Edition

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

On behalf of the editorial team – Welcome to the December 1st, 2017 Edition of The Palouse Review!

We are excited about the 33 pieces chosen for this edition representing a wealth of creative and very different voices of honors students from a variety of institutions throughout the western United States.

To mention a few: Nikolas Massa’s “Self-talk” excels in a refreshingly peculiar kind of astute, rhythmic self-irony. Avery Basch (also represented in the May 1st Edition of PR) is surely finding her voice as a poet. I am struck by the contemplative ease of her language transporting us across time and space. In “Behind the Scenes with the Beekeeper” Rachel Badali shows herself as a very promising film-narrator amply documenting a beekeeper’s love of her craft. In his non-fictional “Pride” Anthony Abate gives us a direct, unembellished account of personal transformation.

Anne Whitehouse commands a distinct philosophical-existential mode in her two non-fictional pieces: “When Arches Crumble” and “On Two Adventurous Snails.” Notice how the things and people she comes across seamlessly transition into deep thought. Alexandra Sakkis takes a fast-paced, brutal look at the academic world behind the scenes in her “Rowan.” Keely Walsh turns life upside-down from an alien’s perspective in “What Was on the Book Cover.”

Terri Tomlinson’s complex treatment of modernist conflict was the only scholarly submission that survived our critical lens for this edition. Her paper examines a literary attempt to question “humanity’s relationship with God in the modern age.” Justine Young’s up-close photo of a pondering gorilla makes us wonder when paired with Autumn Schwinn’s “Detailed Face.” In Ryan O’Dea’s well-composed, foreboding capture of a typhoon we feel the first drops on our forehead. With her etching “Bring Me the Light” Janet Doan transforms a photo into an image of powerful contemplation.

It is our hope all readers will enjoy all the fine pieces of our December 1st Edition and – if you are an honors student – will plan your submission/s for our May 1st, 2018 Edition – submission deadline: April 1st, 2018.

We welcome your remarks – please use the comments-link on this page!

Kim Andersen | Managing Editor of The Palouse Review

December 1st, 2017


by Maylin Guida (California State University, Long Beach)

Maylin Guida is a second year at California State University, Long Beach majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and minoring in French. In addition to writing, she enjoys doing yoga, going to the beach, reading, and traveling.

The Life Story of a Frisbee
by Dylan Sakamoto (California State University, Long Beach)

Dylan Sakamoto is a a freshman at Long Beach State and is currently exploring their options in terms of a career. Dylan is currently enrolled in a creative writing class for fiction where they are able to express themself artistically while bringing the many ideas they have for stories to life. They enjoy pursuits that allow them to engage on a creative level.

by Alexandra Sakkis (University of California Riverside)

Alexandra, a giant nerd who lives for art and culture, grew up in the diverse city of Houston. She’s been writing since she was eight years old. She adores traveling and always looks to find new stories to tell.

by Sara Quenzer (Washington State University)

Sara Quenzer grew up in California and has been writing compulsively since fifth grade. Sara has been published in WSU’s undergraduate literary journal, LandEscapes, and hopes to publish more short stories and even a few novels in the future. Their other passions include hiking, scriptwriting, reading, and spending time with loved ones. Sara can’t thank their family and friends enough for all their wonderful love and support.

What Was on the Book Cover
by Keely Walsh (California State University, Long Beach)

After a zigzag path through their high school years: first as a creative writing major at an arts high school, then as a community college attendee who took art classes, then literally moving across the country from Philadelphia to LA, Keely is now in school as an animation/illustration major. Keely is often told that they overthink things–some people tell them this is a good quality, some people tell me it’s a hindrance. Keely is still puzzling that one out.

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by Anthony Abate (Crafton Hills College)

Anthony Abate is an honors student from Crafton Hills Community college. He is currently working on an associates degree in sociology with hopes to transfer to further his education. Anthony is passionate about helping people reach their full potential regardless of circumstance. In addition to being an honors student, he is also an ambassador for the honors program at his school focusing on recruiting students to the program as well as expanding the impact they have on campus. The piece Anthony chose to share is an intimate telling of his experience feeling pride as a gay man for the very first time.

On Yellowstone’s Geysers
by Shelby DeWard (Washington State University)

Shelby DeWaard is a junior at Washington State University. She is majoring in Zoology, Pre-medicine, and intends to begin applying to medical schools this summer. Besides science, Shelby has many diverse interests such as playing classical guitar, writing fiction, and sewing.

On Two Adventurous Snails
When Arches Crumble
by Anne Whitehouse (Brigham Young University)

Anne Whitehouse graduated with Honors from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a major in Biology and a minor in English. She is interested in cognitive ethology (studying animal minds and emotions), nature writing, and wilderness philosophy. In her free time, Anne enjoys hiking, reading, being a Star Wars fan, and tap dancing.

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Diatribes with Despair: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Proto-Modernist Conflict with God Expressed Through His Mastery of Language
by Terri Tomlinson (University of California, Riverside)

Terri Tomlinson is a senior at UCR majoring in Theatre, Film, and Digital Production. For the Fall of 2017, she is studying at University College of Dublin as an exchange student, in order to continue her work on Gerard Manley Hopkins. She is a grandma, loves punk music, and is on a r quest to continually re-invent herself. Terri is also an English tutor, and in 2016-2017 she served as an editor for UCR Honors’ Multidisciplinary National Journal, Audeamus, because of her enjoyment of exploring the finer points of grammar and written communication.

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A Place That I Know
Ruins of an Irish Castle
by Averie Basch (California State University, Fresno)

Averie Basch is a 19-year old sophomore from California State University, Fresno, currently away for a semester of study abroad in Cork, Ireland. Averie is a Smittcamp Family Honors College Scholar, with a major in English and a minor in Creative Writing. They have always enjoyed reading and writing, so they hope 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, but they also love broadening their mind with essays. Averie’s current writings are drawn from my experiences in Ireland, and they hope that by the end of their time here, they have a lot more to offer!

by Nikolas Massa (Washington State University)

Nikolas is a senior majoring in History and Asian Studies with the hopes of pursuing a PhD specializing in Chinese History following the completion of their bachelors. Nikolas has been writing poetry since they were 15 and have only fallen more in love with the art of poetry as they have grown and experienced more of life. Nikolas has and will always consider themself to be a Poet.

by Maria Pita (California State University, Fresno)

I am a Junior at California State University, Fresno. I am in the Smittcamp Family Honors Program. My major is psychology. Writing is one of my favorite hobbies.

My Accent
by Carolina Xique (California State University, Long Beach)

Carolina Xique is a student at California State University, Long Beach studying Theatre and English Creative Writing. She began writing poetry in elementary school. Her poetry developed fully as she became a political activist for Black and Chicano issues, a platform that is close to her heart.

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Photography and Visual Art

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The Day the Trump Stood Still
by Jacob Gariepy (Lane Community College)

Jacob Gariepy is a musician and writer from Eugene, Oregon. Jacob performs their own songs under the stage name Archie Slim.

The Balloon, Sun, and Knowledge: A Musical Interpretation
by Garrett Snedeker (Washington State University)

Garrett Snedeker is a Junior, pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance. He won the 2016 Washington State Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, and recently attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He is excited to share is his first musical composition for piano and voice.

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Digital Multimedia

Behind the Scenes with a Backyard Beekeeper
by Rachel Badali (Weber State University)

Rachel is a senior at Weber State University, majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Multimedia Journalism. She has a passion for telling people’s stories in the most compelling way. Once she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in news.

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Illustration of a stalk of wheat