Check out the 2023 Digital Edition of Scribendi by clicking the cover below! Use the hyperlinks to navigate quickly through the magazine.



Historical facts:

Scribendi 2023 was designed to be playful, DIY, and, of course, pink; intentionally imperfect, flowy and free. This year’s edition of Scribendi embraces bright ribbons and uneven columns to show the beauty in being distinct, unique, and unbound by strict rules and grid lines. Scribendi had the smallest staff in the magazine’s history this year, with just six staff members and three editors making up the entirety of the production team. It exists in juxtaposition to its 2022 predecessor, being fluid and messy where 2022 was solid and clean-cut. Despite these differences, they share the distinction of being the only 8″ × 8″ editions of Scribendi, with the continuation of the square design being a large passion among this year’s staff.

What you’ll find in this issue:

The 2023 edition features work by forty-one Honors students from nineteen schools throughout the western region. Scribendi 2023 features a short film, powerful, emotional narratives, music sung in Spanish, and poetry in Russian. 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
Visual Art Allison Peschek Dynastes tityus V
Grace Caufield Opuntia
Pablo Ayala Tesoros de mi Padre
Jeanie Vo Witch’s Brew
Austin Nguyen We Are in a Crisis
Kira Okuma Jaxson: Any Cowboy’s Dream
Pablo Ayala Intersection of Land and Regret
Pablo Ayala Lamentations across Guachimontones
Kira Okuma Peruvian Apple Cactus Flower I
Sanjiti Sharma Who Am I?
Dylan Francisco DeCastro A Paper Dream
Photography Lucien V. Sebastian Hide Anymore
Rylee Norman Two Old Fishermen
Andrew Michael Joseph the altar
Andrew Michael Joseph coalesce
Kimberly Giannone Laramie Brinkman Roping
Kimberly Giannone Ethan Landis
Lucien V. Sebastian Ashamed, Afraid, Made
Open Media Natalie Li Memoirs under the Sun
Nadia Warren  Te quiero
Foreign Language Daniil Tourashev Война это Война (War is War)
Poetry Caroline Tuss Black-eyed Susan Lane
Emiley Johnson  Flies
Olivia Saklofsky Women’s Work
Anissah Madrid 22
Brianna Lubinski Cold Snap
Emiley Johnson Georgia
Olivia Saklofsky Three to the Third Power
Gemma Trimble You Drift, I Roam
Fiona Martinez I Blinked in the Hushed Dark Last Night
Sophia Smith Takeout
Kelsey Hart Fall Break in C++
Brooke Scudder A Forest of Lost Women
Tanya Sopkin body hair
Tegan Keyes Crow as the Sun Rises
Abril Vale-Luzardo The Children’s Hospital
Zay Hassan Kal
Edie Bickel Teeth
Katherine McGuinness Bodies
Short Fiction Milena Raeber Laboratorium
Zara Roy Consolation Prize
Ella Bathory-Peeler two seeds
Ashlynn Amendariz The Night Shift
Baruch Marin Men like Us
Addison Fulton Adam and Eve File for Divorce
Creative Nonfiction Andrew L. Sowers Gathering Up; Holding On
Katherine McGuinness On Ghosts & Black Birds
Fiona Martinez Instructions for a Walk
Madelaine Williams August
Issac Nelson Don’t Stop Me Now
Alison Wang Six in the Morning


Check out our open media pieces below!


Memoirs under the Sun by Natalie Li

“Memoirs under the Sun” captures the innocence of childhood through various interactions with nature and depictions of the organic shapes the Earth brings. However, as our protagonist grows up, she sees the natural world around her become filled with the construction of the city. The harsh lines, bright lights, and industrial look of downtown Los Angeles is juxtaposed with the vibrant shades of the plants and flowers that the girl plays with while young, and reminds the audience that that it is the duty of all to protect and preserve planet Earth.

Director Natalie Li enjoys multi-media forms of storytelling that promote culture, identity, and inclusion as she starts her career in entertainment. With this film, she hopes to encourage a period of self-reflection that questions the impact of industrialization on climate change.

Te Quiero by Nadia Warren

Translated as I love you, “Te quiero” is composed, produced, and sung by Nadia Selene Warren, working under the stage name Aiden Selene. With each piece of music she produces, she adds new production details in the hope of learning everything she can about her craft.

The music itself is bubbly, featuring a major chord progression with guitar throughout the chorus. Warren’s voice has an echoing quality to it, perhaps reflecting the internal nature of this song as the lyrics describe the the love the artist holds for another. The cheerful attitude of the song promises an enjoyable time for any who listen.