In their poems “to myself, by well bucket” and, “portrait of a manufacturing plant, or a tribute to the trans women in my community” Ellie Elrod uses colorful and insightful language capturing the spike of mental health in all its dimensions, as well as the empowerment of trans women in modern society.
Yunseo Cho’s poem “The Wrecked Classroom” chronicles a tragedy through heart-wrenching poetic narration.
With inventive poetic choices and resounding imagery, Mollie Schofer’s poetry is eye-grabbing, funny, and powerful.
“Aquarius Rising” explores a connection between the self, the stars, and nature through sharp imagery and lyricism.
With fierce and vivid imagery, Laura Ospina develops themes of remembrance and struggle in her poem, “A Letter from Gloria.”
Sara Cao writes a self-portrait that deals with belonging, the mind, and the body with powerful and visceral poetic skill.
Caroline Coleman captures a vivid sense of yearning, nostalgia, pain, and beauty in her two gorgeously crafted poems, “graduation,” and “party portraits.”
Leah Sottile is an Oregon-based freelance journalist and host of the National Magazine Award-nominated podcast, Bundyville. She has work featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Outside, Vice, The Atlantic, Playboy, California Sunday Magazine, and elsewhere. After a two-day masterclass with the Idyllwild Arts Creative Writing Department, packed with mystery postcards and… Continue reading
Katherine Vandermel balances the simple and the lush; the ethereal and the physical in her visceral and poignant piece, “Hymnody.”
Sophia Robles—winner of the $25,000 Parallax Poetry and Fiction Scholarship Contest to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy— has a skill with both storytelling and the poetics of language. “Grace Katharine; an ode to your senior year” beautifully paints a portrait and writes a narrative of teenage struggle and familial bonds. With gripping imagery and a voice full of authenticity, this piece captures the pain and triumphs of a girl in her senior year of high school.