Fall 2016: Traditions Old And New

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Welcome, readers, to this rich compilation of visual and written works brought to us by young women writers and artists from around the world. We are thrilled to share our Fall 2016 issue, comprising eleven visual pieces and thirteen works of prose and poetry. From South Africa to South Korea, eighth grade to college, our selected artists individually and collectively reveal what it means to create.

Grounding our work this fall is the theme of “Traditions: Old and New.” As editors, we found tradition a compelling, multivalent prompt—a constant by which to align and contrast diverse experiences, yet an ever-changing entity reflective of our times. Traditions are imbued in our ecology, from nuclear families to countries and cultures; they are instantiated by the foods we eat, the songs we sing in the shower, the ways we grieve and celebrate—tying themselves to our most intimate moments and public lives alike.

What are our traditions as women? Might we find commonality through tradition, and how may we honor our distinct differences? How should we negotiate tensions between our origins and futures? Which traditions do we hold dear, and which do we seek to disrupt? Do we wish to institute new traditions? If you look closely, the following pages seek to answer these questions. Perhaps they will inspire you to ask some of your own.

It is humbling to edit the craftsmanship of women we have never met, to be entrusted with their insights and expressions. To our contributors, thank you for your honest and refreshing perspectives. May the tradition of writing be ever in your fingertips.

Happy reading!

Sincerely,

Brittany Collins, Editor-in-Chief

Beth Derr, Managing Editor

 

Table of Contents:

Shaking Hands With The White Man
Afia Oduro-Manu, Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey

Murakami Cat
Jane Wrenn, Winsor School, Boston, Massachusetts

Residing Within
Faizah Aditya, Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh

A Shepherd on the Tibetan Plateau
Hilary Liu, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Reliance
Jocelyn Mosbin, Mount Holyoke College, Hadley, Massachusetts

Ballerina
Eve Elizondo, Winsor School, Boston, Massachusetts

The Canola Violence
Erika McDonnell, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia

The Bond
Afor Foncham, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia

Would You Mind
Setbyul Moon, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea

Trespassing The Mind
Emma Pan, Winsor School, Boston, Massachusetts

The Spicy Girl (La Mei Zi)
Tiantian Zhang, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia

Jumping Beans
Elle Friedberg, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Under The Yellowwood Tree
Tshenolo Matlala, St. Mary’s St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, Hillcrest, South Africa

Figure
Emily Keigher, Winsor School, Boston, Massachusetts

The Colors of Gumbo
Tyler Newman, Kent Place School, Summit, New Jersey

Gatekeeper
Diane Lin, Miss Porter’s School, Farmington, Connecticut

Out of Line
Julia Mastandrea, Winsor School, Boston, Massachusetts

Cake: 1971
Clementine Woladarsky, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California

Grape Still Life
Claire Ganiban, Winsor School, Boston, Massachusetts

Love in the Hearth
Izzi Kessner, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California

To The Left
Kailun Yin, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Woman
Barbara Atsieno Alusala, St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, Hillcrest, South Africa