Dear readers,

Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Writing is hard. Putting your heart on the page for anyone to read is frighteningly vulnerable. Yet, every year the Statement calls out to the University, begging for your poems, short stories and other golden nuggets of creativity, and writers respond with gusto. This year students submitted over 100 pieces, thirteen of which can be found in this magazine. In these pages you will discover an old woman knitting, a grizzled sea captain, and a little girl marveling in a blackout. While they may not have used typewriters, these writers bled a little bit, and it shows in their poignant, emotional, and thought-provoking work.

Welcome to the Literary Issue. Happy reading.

— Ian Dillingham and Natalie Gadbois, Statement Magazine Editors

The Captain

Lauren Quinlan

Architecture Lesson

Maria Robins-Somerville

Destiny’s Child

Cammie Finch


Gillian Golden

An Open Fist

Carolyn Darr


Jean-Pierre Seguin


Wesley Holkeboer

Course Evaluation

Phillip Witteveen

The Runner

Hailey Middlebrook


San Pham

Literary Issue Videos

Statement Video Staff

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