Fall 2018: Perspectives

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the ninth edition of Voices & Visions Literary Journal, themed “Perspectives.” This theme is specifically important to our journal this season, as we have brought in three new staff members, all Smithies: Kayla Sylvia, Martha Terry, and Lily Sendroff. Expanding our staff has added new ideas and points of view to the journal.  This year,   Voices & Visions has relocated to Smith College’s Lewis Global Studies Center, and we hope that new contacts there will expand our international reach. This past season, we were read by readers in over 110 different countries.

This issue has some exciting  art, media, poetry, and prose from both girls’ high schools and women’s colleges. In the selection process, it was especially interesting to see the many directions in which our featured artists and writers took the theme of Perspectives. Perspectives can be imagined through points of view, through experiences, identities, through words and images. Additionally, the perspective you bring as an audience is crucial to how you interpret a piece, and openness to new perspectives leads to unique new insights.

We hope that our journal can act as a forum for these different perspectives, and that the works we present will allow you, our readers, to reflect on and expand your own perspectives.

Faith De Castro, Issue #9 Editor-in-Chief

Table of Contents

College Students and Alums


Mya Alexice, Barnard College, USA

Self Portraits and Ravishing Disunities

Lucy Liu, Smith College, USA

Morning Steam | MRO

Madeline Olson, Mount Holyoke College, USA

The Road

Emma O’Neill-Dietel, Smith College, USA


Bethany Velarde, Agnes Scott College, USA

In Season

Emma Sachs, Agnes Scott College, USA

That Rule Was Begging To Be Broken

Olivia Handoko, Smith College, USA

I Forget

Kate Bruncati, Smith College, USA

High School Students

All the Smiles

Xiaohan Sun, The Baldwin School, USA

Smiley and More: A Photo Series

Katie Tsai, The Winsor School, USA


Julia Kirsch, Castilleja School, USA


Jas Ganev, Castilleja School, USA

Night Traffic and Alienated Universe

Frannie DiBona, Castilleja School, USA

Where I’m From

Rhea Jain, The Baldwin School, USA

New York Subway – Manspread

Allison Bartholomeo, Fontbonne Hall Academy, USA