“Untitled” was contributed by an anonymous student for the screening and discussion of “Papers” – a documentary that captures the stories of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn eighteen without legal status.
Brandon Andersen, also known as Boogie Maximus, is an electronic artist. He focuses on creating electro and trance songs, and is currently working on his EP release through Gener8Xion Records, a Christian Dance Label based out of Kansas City. The selected songs were samples of some of his earlier works which will not be featured on his EP. Brandon is a DTC Major and English Minor at WSU Tri-Cities where he can usually be seen in the Student Lounge with a pair of headphones on, just hanging out with his friends on campus or attending school events. The visual arts are something that Brandon really enjoys; he does not consider himself very skilled and was surprised that any of his visual pieces made it into the journal.
Morgan is an Elementary Education major of junior status who is a mother of two and a wife.
Josh Colby is a senior at WSU-TC and plans to graduate in December of 2010 with his B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture. He is interested in the arts in whatever form they come whether it is in music, film, print or web. He is currently trying to decide to either enter into the job market or continue his education after he graduates. Regardless of the decision, he always hopes to be a part of creating compelling multimedia art whether in career, hobby, or both.
Kristin is a senior design student in the Digital Technology and Culture program at WSU Tri-Cities.
Sarah Durbin has been married for ten years and has three children. She spent nine years in the military and is currently attending WSU in pursuit of a degree in Electrical Engineering. She wrote this poem with her beloved husband in mind.
Michael Finch is an English major. He writes and illustrates children’s books, writes novels, and enjoys creating artwork in various media and styles. He studied drawing for animation for two years, which can be seen in most of his works, but also does figure drawing, technical drawing, and other genres of artwork. He draws and paints a variety of subjects and doesn’t limit himself to staying within a single style of medium.
Michael creates his digital paintings using Photoshop. He usually begins by making multiple sketches using blue pencil, which is then traced over on another piece of paper with ink, then finished using PrismaColor markers for added depth and tone. Originally, Michael wanted to go into computer animation for the movie industry, but participating in clubs outside of classes rekindled his interest in writing, leading to his decision to put the two together by illustrating books and writing novels.
“This is the world that I live in every time I close my eyes. Please take these words and form them into your own world for I don’t want to be bothered in mine!”
Eric Francavilla gives us a dual lesson in writing and fishing in “Fishing for Poetry”. He considers this work a tribute to Dr. Leonard Orr’s Creative Writing: Poetry class, where he learned to respect the process of poetry as much as the process of growing up.
Eric Francavilla enjoys his “Tea of Inquiry” so much that it inspired a poem “brimming” with imagery.
Michelle Fridley was born in Clarkston, WA. She grew up in the Tri-Cities and moved to Seattle after high school. She enjoys traveling and has lived in England and Greece. She has worked as a server and bartender while attending college for a degree in Sociology. She doesn’t consider herself an artist although she is a good dancer. This is her first experience writing poetry.
“‘Love’s Darkest Hour comes from somewhere deep inside from personal experience. As love is a beautiful thing, it can be equally dark and depressing. I feel that this poem is important and has meaning as it was written from the heart. For one to really experience love, they must also experience loss. How else does the heart know true happiness if it has never experienced sadness?”
Ryan is a DTC major taking his first DTC classes. This is his first time working with computer programs like Photoshop. The assignment was a photo manipulation, seamlessly blending two separate photos. A stipulation was that the pictures had to face opposite to each other.
Amy Hatch is double majoring in English and Humanities. She will be graduating in December of 2010 and will be going to graduate school to get her Masters in English after that. She plans on teaching college level English and writing on the side. Poetry is something that she likes to do in her spare time, so hopefully someday that will turn into something more.
Cynthia Jackson has been painting abstracts for a few years, but these works represent her first foray into vector art.
Samwise Kiebel is a Psychology major hoping to graduate in the spring of 2011. He is a romantic at heart and loves to read; that has a big influence on his writing. When he is not reading or writing, he enjoys the cinema, walks in nature, and puttering on his computer (games, web browsing, blogging, etc.).
Sierra Knutson is currently a senior at WSU-TC and she will be graduating in May with a B.A. in Psychology. She is an avid reader and enjoys the outdoors as well. She’s thoroughly enjoyed her time here at WSU-TC and will miss the people, classes, and the professors.
“We think of love as a lapse in reality or even a sickness. But who doesn’t from time to time need that lapse in reality? Love is that lapse that we all seek.”
Denice Laws is a senior at WSU-TC, majoring in English literature. She is apprenticing as a tattoo artist and likes to stare at the moon.
This is Colby, a wonderful happy Pug who loves to eat, sleep, and be merry. He just turned two. This rotoscope was created from a picture taken about a year ago. I used Adobe Illustrator to complete the image.
Michael Luzzo came to Richland when he was eight years old and completely went through the Richland public school system. He is a graduate student at WSU-TC and enrolled in the Environmental Science Program. He has written some short stories, even though his genre of choice is poetry. His poetry is usually written first-hand on what he sees or feels at the time. He rarely does much editing but writes by stanza. The most that he does for poetry is center it on a page and play with the fonts. This poem was actually written around 2002 or 2003. He reads Shakespeare and Steinbeck. He favors Robert Frost or even Steinbeck in his imagery. Even though he does favor other writers, he is presently reading Kilbrain. He also favors Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams, and Thomas Kinkade as artists.
Benjamin Meyer graduated from WSU Tri-Cities in Fall 2009 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He is a musician, artist, and computer scientist. Starting with pen and ink drawing at a very young age, art became a huge part of his life. Ben was around the age of 12 he first discovered music as a source of creative expression. He now combines music and visual art through interactive computer-based environments. Since graduating, he has been developing new ways of creating audio and visual forms of art with technology. Ben’s focus is on interactive expression, where the art is not static, but rather, is able to interact with a performer, audience, or observer. His music can be purchased locally on CD at Hastings, or online from his website http://www.unboundmusic.com/
Chad Neal is a student at WSU Tri-Cities. He is a history major for some reason. He doesn’t remember why.
A Third Culture-American, the author was born in Maryland but lived the majority of his life outside the United States. He has lived in Germany, Somalia, Italy, Costa Rica, and Japan, but has visited a dozen countries. An alumnus of several American International/Overseas schools as well as the Yakima Valley College, he is currently attending Washington State University Tri-Cities in the hopes of earning a B.A. in History.
“The inspiration for this poem came to me after a conversation I had while driving down George Washington Way after a nice lunch of Chinese food.”
Andrew Schultz grew up in Hermiston, Oregon. In 1998, he graduated from high school, and in 2000, he attended the Art Institute of Portland for graphic design, where he remained until 2002. Two years later, he joined the U.S. Army and “jumped at the chance to live in Europe.” Andrew says “fifteen countries, many friends, a few hundred books, and one war later, I am back where I began nearly ten years ago. This time I know where I am headed.”
“Remember the Rain” was originally written as a journal entry. After living in the rainy climates of Oregon and Germany for many years and then over a year in Iraq, “it brings a certain freshness and clarity of mind where your exact position in life can be gauged easily on a rainy day.”
Lorena Swift is a fiction writer and native of Richland, WA. She is the 2007-2008 short fiction winner of the Mid-Columbia Literary Festival. Several of her short fiction pieces are based on her life experiences and observations. Her other fiction works delve into the obscure and often dark side of life. She is a full time student at WSU-TC, majoring in Digital Technology.
Caitlin Watts is currently a junior at WSU Tri-Cities, majoring in Management and Operations. The poem was written for a Humanities class in which the assignment was to write a poem to that special someone in your life. Since the author didn’t have a “special someone,” she chose to write about what she thinks is the most important characteristic to have in a relationship. Loyalty is a trait commonly underrated.
Bonnie Wescott is a senior at WSU Tri-Cities majoring in Digital Technology and Culture.
Samantha Wilder is a sophomore working toward a degree in Nursing and Social Science. Her hobby is photography. Samantha’s favorite subject is people caught engaging in activities, but also enjoys still-life photography as well. These works were taken several years ago for class assignments when she was in high school.