Historical Facts: First year hosting a national exchange student and once again, welcomed work from honors students of NCHC institutions.

What you’ll find in this issue: The 2017 edition contains everything from fantastical feminist fiction to passionate pandeiro-playing. This year, we are proud to publish 39 contributors from 21 schools. For a minimum $10 donation (to cover the cost of shipping) you can get your own physical copy of this edition of Scribendi here. We also have a digital edition available for download here.

Table of Contents

 Category  Contributor Name  Title of Piece
 Creative Nonfiction  Adam Wells  Delivered 10/3/12
   Alexandria Pehrson  Elena
   Keriden Brown  How Are You?
   Michael Mortenson  On Graviton Decay
 Short Fiction  Alyssa Meier  Canary in the Mine
   Emily Suazo  Estrangement
   Rachel Luebke  Fire Woman
   Renee Reeves  Motherroad
   Lauren Poletti  Reflected in Black Mirrors
   Jenna Forster  The Drought
   Dalton Edwards  We Were Maniacs
 Poetry  Christopher Rosales  A Vivisection of My Blood
   Sophie Gullett  Hide and Seek
   Juan Araiza  How to Deal With Anxiety …
   Max Black  Hungry
   Ellen Harris  I Am Nothing; I See All …
   Jesse Yelvington  Lessons from the Mountain
   Michael Mortenson  Looks Like a Pretzel
   Kimberly Mitchell  Oceans Beyond the Bimini Road
   Indumati Roychowdhury  On Spacetime
   Sophia Semensky  Pisgah National Forest
   Annie Livingston  The Harvest
   Courtney James  We’ll Be Okay, Mom
   Hannah Hsieh  Wind-Up Doll or Self Reflection
 Visual Art  Samantha Markey  Aries Ram
   Douglas Brandt  Cascade
   Krista Zimmerman  Mountain Climber
   Andrea Wold  Recognition 1
   Krista Zimmerman  Self Destruction
   Kaitlynn Webster  Unrest
 Photography  Krista Zimmerman  All I Have to Give
   Lissa Baca  Body of Light
   Joshua Lane  Childhood, Again
   Joshua Lane  Dad
   Cienna Semsak  Elephant Eye
   Hye Jin Park  Fat with Hunger
   Austin Pena  Introspection
   Madelyn Lesnewich  Morning Coffee
   Carly Scott  On Top of the World
   Cienna Semsak  Rainbow Lorikeet
   Lindsey Paricio  Stop and Stair
   Jacob Smith  Tyler, The Creator
 Open Media  Tim Sanchez  Contention 3
   Joshua Lane, with Douglas Brandt  Identity in Contradiction
   Caitlin Carcerano  Restless
   Jacob Smith  Zotti-Dsylxesia

Enjoy our open media pieces below!

Contention 3

Tim Sanchez
Colorado State University

“Contention 3” offers an exciting glimpse into the process of a student artist actively creating the work he loves. Self-expression, musical exploration, and performance are rolled into one for a completely unique and engaging experience.

Tim Sanchez plays a pandeiro, a Brazilian frame drum, and accompanies an electronic track written on the Little Big Planet 2 music sequencer. The track guides Sanchez, so he is able to communicate and connect, creating on the spot.

The passion and liveliness of the artist are just as captivating as his technical skill. As we watch Sanchez’s enthusiasm and commitment to his work, we are drawn closer to the artist and reminded of the potential for art to be spontaneous, fun, and full of life.

“Contention 3” offers an uplifting performance, one that allows us to experience the joy a student has for his work. And really, what is more rewarding than that?


Jacob Smith
Westminster College

“Zotti-Dsylxesia” (yes, we know it’s misspelled) seeks to answer one central question: Can we find beauty in chaos?

Set in a world of visual and auditory confusion, the short film creates a disconcerting sensory experience, one that borders on discomfort and anxiety—and yet we can’t look away. The vivid colors, shapes, and contrasts of both sight and sound pull us into a kaleidoscopic world. In this world, our movements are timed to the hypnotic rises and falls of beats, and the images before our eyes are confusing as much as they are mesmerizing.

Here, the face of the central character is intentionally obscured—his identity, as well as each of our own identities, is unset. Undefined. Colors light his masked face, highlighting the internal disorder of that individual and this world, which we are now a part of.

Watching his journey and experiencing his world, we are forced to look beyond the boundaries and walls of our own minds. We are inspired to enter the beautiful disorder of a new perspective. Puzzling though we may find this unknown character, this elusive story, and this surreal world, we are completely entranced—enough to watch again.

Identity in Contradiction

Joshua Lane, with Douglas Brandt
University of New Mexico
WRHC Award Winner

Many times during our lives, we are told to seize the day, to live fully in the moment, and experience the totality of what life has to offer beyond our normal existence. However, those mindsets can lead to even more frustration and questioning over what we do. Are we doing the most with our lives? Could I be doing more right now? What can I do now to reach that fulfillment?

All of these questions can be paralyzing, and “Identity in Contradiction” tackles that paralysis head on through a multimedia experience. The piece uses video footage, animation, spoken word, and music to create a sense of stress and anxiety sublimated in the process of seizing the day. The artist marks the process of this anxiety with a slowly pulsating line that demarcates his response to the questions asked.

Ultimately, it’s difficult to determine the appropriate way to carpe diem. The artist grapples with that difficulty as the piece settles on an introspective and poignant ending.