Book of the Month: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

For Abby, “friend” is a word whose sharp corners have been worn smooth with overuse. “I’m friends with the guys in IT,” she might say, or “I’m meeting some friends after work.” But she remembers when the word “friend” could…

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Defining the Undefinable: Artwork by Elisa Razak

Elisa Razak is a printmaker, graphic designer, and recent graduate of the University of Tennessee. According to her website, Elisa loves challenging herself, making honest work, and working on community driven design projects. You can find out more and view…

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RAFT: Friendship Floating on the High Seas

By Collin Green Edited by Ben Hurst When you find yourself stranded, floating on the high seas, there are a few important things to remember: rescue is uncertain, be wary of the sun, and above all, don’t pop the bouncy…

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Amber Albritton: Navigating UT as a Nontraditional Student

By Ben Hurst Amber Albritton epitomizes the nontraditional college student. She manages a loving relationship with her husband, three kids, and a full time class schedule with an unprecedented finesse. Amber has been a prominent part of the poetry and…

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Book of the Month: Girl in Snow
Poetry Editor Jenna Dirksen

Book of the Month: Girl in Snow

When they told him Lucinda Hayes was dead, Cameron thought of her shoulder blades and how they framed her naked spine, like a pair of static lungs. By: Jenna Dirksen February is known for two things: romance and freezing cold.…

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Hurt

By J. Allen Carpenter It wasn’t as if anyone got Hurt. In his weather-worn, leather-torn brogues his momma kept of his daddy’s. Wandering soundlessly, aside from the crunch of highways and backroads between the sole and the Earth. Nobody really…

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First Field Dressing

By Catherine Dartez Lisbeth watched the doe while her father hoisted it up the tree. The rope pulled its head off the snow, swaying back and forth until the neck elongated. The doe’s face steadied for a moment while her…

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Phoenix Magazine: 60 years of arts and literature at UT

By Collin Green  Edited by Ben Hurst Deep, down on the basement level of the University of Tennessee Communications Building sits an unassuming, single-room office. Clearly meant for a single person, the small L-shaped space is quaint. There are no…

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UT MFA Candidate Quynh Lam Communicates Vietnamese Trauma, Decay in Her Practice

By Zoe Evans Edited by Collin Green    Nguyen Duc Diem Quynh, also known as Quynh Lam, is a first-year graduate student and Fulbright scholar here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, studying Painting and Drawing for her MFA. Her…

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A Break From Reality: Laughing with Cumberland Striptease

By Collin Green Behind the curtain, before the show, there is only a brief break from hectic warm-ups as the members of Cumberland Striptease huddle up for their ritual pre-performance peptalk. Standing in a tight circle, the group locks hands…

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