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Historical Facts: This edition of was designed with simplicity in mind. Scribendi 2022 incorporates marble pattern with the style of old-school print design.
There were two firsts for Scribendi in 2022. The magazine was helmed, for the first time, by three editors—Flannery Cowan as Digital Editor, Sierra Martinez as Managing Editor, and Spenser Willden as Communications Editor.
Secondly, this was the first 8″ × 8″ edition of Scribendi.

What you’ll find in this issue: The 2022 edition features work by forty-one Honors students from twenty-two schools throughout the nation. Inside of this issue are scenes of the natural and social world, poems in Spanish and Russian, and a composition for sting orchestra. If you’d like to hold the physical copy in your hands, you can order the print edition here. Please donate $10 to help cover mailing, printing, and general operating costs. You can also download a digital edition by clicking on the cover above. 

Table of Contents


Category Contributor Name Title of Piece
Creative Nonfiction Fiona Martinez An April Swim
Monét Taylor Four More Times, and Then…
Benjamin Tabáček Homesick
Samantha Veres Thursday, November 14, 7:38 am
Thomas Cuezze Aux Arcs
Short Fiction Peyton Mower The Precipice
Caylee Caldwell To Plant a Garden
Kai Broach My Apologies
Brooklynn Kreps Twelve Thirty
Grace Tobin The Pink Panther
Open Media Michael Caspi Lost Connections
Raychel Kool Life Scraps
Brandon Ligon Fade Into Photograph
Photography J Landolina Swarm
Zubayr Mohammad Upside Down
Brieanne McGrath Nature is Healing
Isabella Hutzler Serenity at Sunrise
Isabella Hutzler Yearning field of Yellow
Natalie Johnson For Lillian
Nora Vanesky Like Pulling Veins Through My Fingertips
Monét Taylor Grippy Sock Vacation
Katrina Dutt Golden Delight
Meghan Kontic Last Light
Foreign Language Raven Otero-Symphony El Detenido
Daniil Tourashev A Memory of My Childhood
Visual Art Allison Peschek ehehehe, wisdom
Rachael Buffett Modern Madonna
Dylan Francisco Decastro Identity
Allison Peschek Baba’s Sea
Pablo Cruz-Ayala Conquest of Teotihuacán
Pablo Cruz-Ayala Bones Away from Home
Nadia Jokiman Alone, Together
Nadia Jokiman A Quiet Memory in Summer
Dylan Francisco Decastro Senses
Summer Sekula Murder of Crows
Poetry Kyra Jee Negative Entropy
Preston Waddoups Wasatch Wood
Kai Broach Interview from across Garden Street
Fiona Martinez Boise Wears October
Preston Waddoups Uinta Plateau
Amy Griffin Life Giver
Alisha Foster Impersonal Love
Taylor Curry Fierce
Bethany Saint-Smith Church Dress
Joshua Martelon Two Knitted Halves
Zoey Kartchner Black Veil
Caroline Tuss Centralia
Kristen Chastain Infinity
Zoey Kartchner Glory
Brandon Ligon To Eat a Nectarine
Mairéad Ryan Secrets
Arwen Grace Baxter Drip-Dry War Crimes
Amy Griffin The Rather Unfortunate Timing of a Delta Airbus in the Midst of a Final Drink Service



Enjoy our open media pieces below!


Lost Connections by Michael Caspi

“Lost Connections” reveals the damage of disease and discord in the home through the lens of a mundane chore: chopping and carrying firewood. The son of a broken family is the only one tending to the hearth, both literally and figuratively. He bears the emotional weight of his family’s struggles as he lugs crumbling boxes of wood. As we watch the protagonist keep the fire alive, the viewer is reminded that oftentimes the most worthwhile relationships are the ones that involve the most care.
Visually, “Lost Connections” is a sea of browns and grays, displaying a cold, depressing wintertime so palpable the viewer might want to grab a weighted blanket. Amidst the difficulty, though, there are still golden reflections of sun on the dying trees and a pink halo on the horizon, mirroring the hope the son has for his family to stay together. In contrast with the bleak outside, the family’s home feels warm despite their infighting, the fireplace glowing pink and orange, the intricately framed photos telling a story of a close and loving family. Overall, the visuals of the film give it a low-budget, indie sensibility that heightens the viewer’s experience of empathy and relatability.
“Lost Connections” will implore you to stoke your own hearth, asking yourself which of your relationships have been fading into gray—how can you warm that nurturing part of you again?

Commentary by Scribendi staff


Life Scraps by Raychel Kool

“Life Scraps” is a collage of scraps of paper and foil that acts as a visual journal, documenting memories through tickets, wrappers, and stickers instead of words. Each piece of the collage represents a moment which holds a significance the viewer cannot fully understand, but their meaning is intimated by little descriptions as well as each element’s placement within the overall scheme. This collection of memories prompts the viewer to consider how something becomes art. What might have become a discarded wrapper or sticky note is rendered as artwork within this wistful and sentimental form of personal documentation.
Commentary by Scribendi staff.

Fade into Photograph by Brandon Ligon

“Fade into Photograph” is an evocative and stirring composition for string orchestra in two movements: “A Near Forgotten Disturbing Memory” and “Disquieted.” The piece begins slowly, comprised primarily of lonely sentimental melodies but later becomes fuller, building up steam with a spirited rhythm until everything seems to crash into the exhilarating climax. The piece explores the decline of memory from dementia with a haunting and discordant melody. The quality of the recording is close and intimate which, in conjunction with the tension and uneasiness of the piece, creates a sense of frantic urgency that parallels the fleeting realization that cognitive awareness is quickly slipping away.
“Fade into Photograph” is dedicated to Brandon Ligon’s grandmother and great-grandmother.

Commentary by Scribendi staff.