Author: inkwell

Death’s Perspective by Jenna Wahl

Death’s Perspective by Jenna Wahl

Memorial Library recently hosted a book club session featuring The Book Thief. After attending and having an interesting conversation about the unique omniscient narrator in this story, I was reminded of a paper I wrote for College Writing I. In this piece, I was supposed […]

Imitation of Michael Torres’ “The Very Short Story of Your Knuckles” from An Incomplete List of Names by Audra Dale

Imitation of Michael Torres’ “The Very Short Story of Your Knuckles” from An Incomplete List of Names by Audra Dale

About the piece: I wrote this piece for my Reading As Writers Across Media class with Professor Angie Johnson. We had to imitate works from three different poets: Michael Torres, Sandra Cisneros, and Brian Doyle. This particular piece is based off of “A Very Short […]

Talking about Richard Blanco: 5th Inaugural Poet and My New Obsession by Libby Kassuelke

Talking about Richard Blanco: 5th Inaugural Poet and My New Obsession by Libby Kassuelke

Mr. Richard Blanco is a former engineer turned poet and has found great success. He received both his undergraduate degree as well as his MFA in creative writing from Florida International University and has gone on to publish five successful collections of poetry including Looking […]

The Seat of All Our Souls: Lenten Reflections on Poetry and Penitence by Davis Smith

The Seat of All Our Souls: Lenten Reflections on Poetry and Penitence by Davis Smith

This is the time of year for reflection. The sun-soaked, breeze-cooled April evenings are punctured with carilloning birds and the scent of burgeoning lilacs. These expectant days, teetering on the verge of tulips and triumph, always seemed ideal for meditation on renewal and redemption. The […]

Warriors Cats took over my life and now it will take over yours By Audra Dale

Warriors Cats took over my life and now it will take over yours By Audra Dale

About the piece: I wrote this piece for my Advanced Writing class as a sophomore in college. I really loved the Warriors Cats books as a child, and still love them today, so I chose them as my topic. It was a really challenging piece […]

Walls by Sabrina Seiwert

Walls by Sabrina Seiwert

About the Piece: “Walls” was originally a poem called “A Hill in Vernon,” but I wanted to try and see if I could write it as prose, while still keeping the flow and lyricism. This piece is about my childhood home in Vernon Hills, a […]

Review of Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway by Libby Kassuelke

Review of Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway by Libby Kassuelke

Rating 4.75/5 If you’re looking for (and I’m sure you are) an American adventure novel that will keep your wheels turning months after reading it, look no further. Amor Towles becomes a third-time author with this brand new novel The Lincoln Highway. His first two […]

Requiem: Finding Rest Through Great Art by Davis Smith

Requiem: Finding Rest Through Great Art by Davis Smith

Enjoy this stunning performance of Brahms’s Requiem on YouTube.  Rest. Isn’t that something we could all use more of? As college students, how often do we fall into the trap of being harried and stressed to the last degree; forgetting to engage joyfully in our […]

Emotional Roller Coaster by Sabrina Seiwert

Emotional Roller Coaster by Sabrina Seiwert

I’ve always hated shots.  I mean, honestly, who doesn’t?  The raw trepidation of the whole process is absolutely terrifying. It all starts with going into the doctor’s office, with the small gleam of hope that maybe, just maybe, I won’t have to get one this […]

Euphoria and Contemplations on Responsibility by Audra Dale

Euphoria and Contemplations on Responsibility by Audra Dale

Recently I began watching the hit HBO show Euphoria. The show centers around a teenage girl, Rue (Zendaya), who is addicted to opioids and is surrounded by horrible things like sexual assault, pornography, and toxic masculinity. I can’t say that I was excited to watch […]