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An illustration of a glass tipped over with liquid flowing from it. The liquid is flowing into a cigarette butt that has smoke billowing up from it.

When you left

A collection of poems about living in the wake of heartbreak.
Mellak Abduelal, Staff Writer April 11, 2022

“Dear You” I drink my cappuccinos With soy milk And maybe oat  Whatever there is I feel like I never know  Anything.   At the diner Do you...

The storefront of Newsbar at 107 University Place. The door is open and people are seated outside. Others walk past the cafe.

People-telling

A personal narrative about turning people-watching into story-telling.
Sydney Barragan, UTA Publishing Editor March 7, 2022

It’s not mine, but I claim it anyway — the small, wooden half-bench-half-chair table tucked in the far corner of Newsbar on University Place.  I’m a born-and-raised Californian....

A line-art illustration of a hand holding a Polaroid of a long-haired figure. One bubble contains the words “i love you too,” and another contains “i love you… …goodbye”.

Five stages of grief

A poem about profound loss and healing.
Asha Ramachandran, Deputy Managing Editor March 4, 2022

On the left, a person’s hand writing a letter with a pencil. On the right, an illustration of a pedestal sink and mirror.

Finding solace again

Two poems I should send you but never will.
Sunny Sequeira, UTA Staff Editor February 22, 2022

i forgot your number and it shames me  grief chugging up my throat  whenever i think of you — i still haven’t returned your last call.    we spent...

Staff Illustration by Susan Behrends Valenzuela

After the quiet melancholy

A collection of poems about heartbreak, pain, growth, and — eventually — moving on.
Matthew Davis, Contributing Writer January 24, 2022

Going Down   The pain of our pieces not fitting after years of assembly My rage at wet towels and wet socks The joy of seeing your face again The pain of watching you...

Dugan described moving to New York City for college as the start of a new journey. (Image courtesy of Kiersten Dugan)

The library of my mind

In this personal narrative, Features Editor Kiersten Dugan illustrates the inner workings of her mind.
Kiersten Dugan, Features Editor December 9, 2021

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library." —Jorge Luis Borges As I prepared to leave my home and start my journey somewhere new, I thought about every...

(Staff Photo by Brooke Nguyen)

Dear New York City

A native New Yorker rediscovers her love for the city
Lorraine Olaya, Copy Chief October 18, 2021

New York, this is my love letter to you. It’s been some time since I’ve seen the sparkle in your water and sunset reflecting off your buildings. And it’s been a while since...

(Illustration by Adelaide Miller)

Voicemail Message #2: Echoes

The second part of a two-part poem: Silence breaks on the other end.
Bianca de Ayala, Contributing Writer September 27, 2021

Not available. At the tone, Please Record your message. . When you are finished recording, you may hang up or dial one for more options.  . . . . . Oh. You’re still...

(Illustration by Adelaide Magdalene Miller)

Voicemail Message #1: Burnout

The first part of a two-part poem about cut ties and lost connections in the digital age.
Bianca de Ayala, Contributing Writer September 13, 2021

. . . . Not available. . At the tone, . Please P l e a s e  Please.  . Record your message. . . . . Hello? . . . . I’m still here. . . . . It’s...

An exploration of the impact a global pandemic can have on ones body and self-image. (Illustration by Natalie Olaya/natalieolaya.com)

Flaca o gorda: My struggle with pandemic weight gain

My journey dealing with the effects of weight gain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lorraine Olaya, Copy Chief August 30, 2021

Content warning: This piece discusses weight gain and body image issues. I stand in front of the mirror, my hands on the jeans bunched up around my thighs. They refuse to be...

Despite the wave of hate crimes and the history of xenophobia against their community, Asian Americans remain strong. (Illustration by Sally Chen.)

Even before they were a headline

A collaborative poetry piece written to celebrate people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in response to the rise in anti-Asian hate
Lorraine Olaya, Deputy Copy Chief May 6, 2021

Disclaimer: This collaborative work was not created by someone of Asian or Pacific Islander descent; however, it was compiled using the words of contributors, credited at the end,...

A seemingly idyllic sidewalk in Middletown, Connecticut. (Photo by Eugene Hu)

The Foreigner

Tensions arise for Eugene Hu when he stays at his old college roommate’s house in Connecticut during the pandemic.
Eugene Hu, Contributing Writer May 3, 2021

                      “I’m boycotting your Chinese bricks!” Tim said to me. It...