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Palouse Review - A Literary Arts Journal

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 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, May 1st 2020 Edition

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

On behalf of the editorial team – Welcome to the May 1st, 2020 Edition of The Palouse Review!

I don’t need to remind you: daily life has been terribly upset this spring. But we will prevail – mankind always does. And we will emerge smarter, more cognizant and considerate. Yes, half-full.

We have come to know a new term: ‘social distancing.’ It has come as a shock to especially our young undergraduates whose physical and intellectual life feeds upon the energies of unhindered social contact, as it should be. (We old ones are getting a little numb.) Turning the focus to what The Palouse Review is all about, though, we find an element of familiarity with that term. Isn’t it so that when we as poets, artists and scholars return from the potent cauldron of social and personal exchange, we find ourselves distancing in our thoughts as we in solace nurture and manipulate our vocabularies in intuition and rational order?

In “Fields That Were Not His Own” Gabrielle Shiozawa paints an observant portrait of her father on a family excursion back in time while she initially keeps her own head cool and distantly evaluating. Geneva Schlepp is likewise observant in “When Lightning Strikes” as lightning becomes her metaphor for reminiscing about people she met. In “What to Make of This” Kathryn Lampe strikes a more humorous, tongue-in-cheek tone as she distances herself from herself relating a potential encounter.

“Empress of Pears” by Annika Le provides a strong visualization of communicating with her grandmother as they “baptize vegetables… her symphony of sizzling pans… It’s through this judgement, through her knotted brow and dissatisfied tongue clicks that we converse.” In “To the Boy in Ms. Maguinness’s Class” Madison Yeager builds a simple encounter into a comprehensive universe of sentiment and opinion.

Jackeline Cortez‘ scholarly essay, “DeShaney vs. Winnebago County Social Services,” is an analytical tour-de-force of an all too real situation. With its striking title Patrick Robichaud’s “Sunrise over Quincy” is a foreboding image of desolation before dawn. Alyssa Chamberlain’s photograph of “Yellow Spiderflower – Cleome lutea” seems something out of pure fiction but do notice the caterpillar. And I cannot get Paige Peterson’s “Head On” out of my head. What’s he thinking, the moo-cow? Or is he just still practicing social distancing after the herd apparently ran over the fence?

Please, enjoy this edition of The Palouse Review!

We look forward to submissions for the December 1st, 2020 Edition – submission deadline: November 1st, 2020. If you wish to share comments to any pieces in this edition or in general, feel free to use the link in the menu. We would love to hear from you!

Have a great spring and summer!

Kim Andersen | Managing Editor of The Palouse Review

May 1st, 2020


Prologue: Night of Fire and Stone
by Bryan Samuelsen (Brigham Young University)

Bryan is a marketing major who graduated in April 2020 as part of the “Corona Class” (a term he coined himself). He loves NBA basketball and fantasy narrative, and served as president of BYU’s A Cappella Club for two years.

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Synthetic Nature
by Caitlin Fitzpatrick (Washington State University)

Caitlin Fitzpatrick is an animal science major, also minoring in zoology, pursuing a pre-veterinary track at the Washington State University Pullman campus. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a strong love for her family, dogs, and writing. Although she pursues a career in the STEM field, she understands the importance of balance and the warmth reading and writing can bring to the heart.

Family Throbs at the Heart of Singapore’s Success
by Nicole Lai (Brigham Young University, Provo)

Nicole Lai is a freshman studying Business at Brigham Young University. She was born and raised in Singapore, and currently does research on populism in Southeast Asia. When she isn’t trying to maneuver wobbly Cessnas over Utah’s pointy peaks, she can be found belting out Adele in quiet rooms and making short films.

What to Make of This
by Kathryn Lampe (University of Portland)

Kathryn is an Environmental Ethics and Policy major and English minor, involved in environmental groups on and off campus. She is particularly interested in the role of literature in ecological consciousness and ecofeminism. She also participates in theatre.

When Lightning Strikes
by Geneva Schlepp (Washington State University)

Geneva Lynne Schlepp is from Sammamish, WA, and currently studying civil engineering with an environmental focus. She runs for the WSU track and cross country team and is an avid kombucha brewer. Her faith in God is a cornerstone of her life and writing. Geneva has found writing to be the greatest therapy and strives to put her heart on the page.

Fields That Were Not His Own
by Gabrielle Shiozawa (Brigham Young University)

Gabrielle Shiozawa is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University. An avid writer, she plans to publish lots of books and inspire others with her words. Shiozawa loves sunshine, ice cream, music, and poetry.

Confessions of a Child Dictator
by Daesha Stastny (University of Utah)

Daesha is a Junior at the University of Utah studying Marketing. She is passionate about advertising, fashion, and her long-legged beagle, Wiley Woo.

Riders on the Storm
by Rachael Thorpe (University of Utah)

Rachael is in her third year at the University of Utah. She is currently working on a sociology degree and preparing to apply to medical school. Sociology captivated Rachael’s imagination during her first year of college; it taught her to see herself, her relationships, and her life in terms of a broad social context. This creative non-fiction piece blends that newfound scientific perspective with personal experiences and vulnerability.

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Corriendo Tabla: Indigeneity and the History of Surfing in Peru
by Marika Bierma (University of Washington)

Marika is an interdisciplinary honors student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is pursuing a double degree in Microbiology and the Comparative History of Ideas with the intent of going to medical school.

DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services
by Jackeline Cortez (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)

Jackie is a Political Science student from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She plans to do nonprofit work in the future, before returning to graduate school. She aspires to eventually become a professor at a university, after earning her doctorate in social welfare.

The Curiosity of the Rise of Feminism and the Entrance of the Male to the Birthing Room
by Victoria Karalun (Crafton Hills College)

Victoria is a 38-year old mother to a 10-year old boy and 6 cats. She is studying psychology and plans to work as a researcher and author.

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by Cora Ballek (University of California, Davis)

Cora is in her first year at UC Davis, studying Environmental… well, something to do with the environment. Probably. Also Music. In her spare time, Cora composes, sings, beatboxes, plays piano, writes poetry, and constructs “”artworks”” with Lego bricks.


by Alixa Brobbey (Brigham Young University)

Alixa Brobbey spent portions of her childhood in both The Netherlands and Ghana before traveling to study English at Brigham Young University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Canvas, The Blue Marble Review, The Battering Ram, Segullah, Inscape, and the Albion Review.

The Professor
by Hailey Burton (Weber State University)

Hailey Burton is a Geography major with an Environmental Studies emphasis at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She enjoys her freetime painting and writing poetry.

Empress of Pears
by Annika Le (Seattle University)

Annika is a junior at Seattle University, where she is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Writing Studies. She has always loved poetry, and her writing often speaks to her identities as a multiracial and Vietnamese-American woman.

River Goddess
by Leila Piazza (Portland State University)

Leila Piazza is a sophomore at Portland State University. She is working towards a Bachelor of Arts and Letters and minoring in writing and Arabic. Leila intends to pursue a career in social justice writing, focusing on equality and inclusion for vulnerable populations including immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized groups. In her free time, Leila enjoys gardening, playing piano, and pottery.

I Don’t Know Where I Am, But It’s Beautiful
by Gabrielle Shiozawa (Brigham Young University)

Gabrielle Shiozawa is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University. An avid writer, she plans to publish lots of books and inspire others with her words. Shiozawa loves sunshine, ice cream, music, and poetry.

i hate Hands.

To the Boy in Ms. Maguinness’s Class
by Madison Yeager (University of Nevada, Reno)

Madison is a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno and is double majoring in English Literature and Secondary Education. While she loves editing submissions for several campus publications, her true passion lies in volunteering at schools. In her free time, she loves reading, watching anime, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Photography and Visual Art

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Digital Multimedia

CAUSEplay: Costuming for a Cause
by Alyssa Chamberlain (Utah Valley University)

Alyssa Chamberlain is a senior in the Honors Program at Utah Valley University. She will be graduating with a BFA in Photography, AAS in Graphic Design, and an AAS in Digital Cinema. In addition to being a photographer, cinematographer, and graphic designer, she also enjoys identifying herself as a percussionist, rock climber, vegetarian, sweets eater, and fun lover, who loves her family, friends, and two pet geckos.


The Ballerina
by Gabrielle Shiozawa (Brigham Young University)

Gabrielle Shiozawa is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University. An avid writer, she plans to publish lots of books and inspire others with her words. Shiozawa loves sunshine, ice cream, music, and poetry.

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Illustration of a stalk of wheat