Fall 2021– Vision|Revision

Instead of separating each genre, we envisioned a new approach of bringing the genres together under three themes: Vision, Process, and Revision, the practice of writing. First, there is the idea for the story, second, the process of writing that story, and finally, the editing and revising of the story. 


Visual ArtAntheia by Joanna Tebbs Young

Fiction – Numina: A Prologue by Amy Landisman

Poetry – artists i have known by Heath Hyun Houghton

Poetry – Survivor, Or Some Days I Want to Fulminate Mercury by J Farley Upjohn

Creative Nonfiction – What We Remember by Maria Elizabeth Burns

Drama – Sign it, please – by Megan Loomis

Poetry – Her by Brooklyn Baggett

Poetry – Lamia by Kae Winter

Fiction – Red Leaves by SarahMae Afriam


Visual Art – Demeter by Joanna Tebbs Young

Drama – The Ring by Robyn Brooks

Poetry – Defiant by Brooklyn Baggett

Critical Commentary – Embracing the blank space in Sarah C. Townsend’s memoir Setting the Wire by Evan Femino

Poetry – Shadow Puppets by Jonathan Arena

Creative Nonfiction – Pain by Kirsten Telander

Poetry – Pemaquid Point by Brooklyn Baggett

Poetry – The Stopping Hours Quarrel by J Farley Upjohn

Creative Nonfiction – Dharma Spins by Joanna Tebbs Young


Visual Art Gaia by Joanna Tebbs Young

Poetry Failed Her | Protest for Breonna Taylor by Anthea S. Brown

Drama – Coastal Deposits by Heath Hyun Houghton

PoetryThe Children of Biafra by Masha Shukovich

Poetry Mucking Out by K. Zoe Potter

Creative Nonfiction The Cast-off by Fiona Blundell

Poetry The Dinner by Kirsten Telander

 Poetry Natural (re)History by J Farley Upjohn

 Poetry The Revision of you by Alaina Joleen

Vision/Revision Poetry

Heath Hyun Houghton

A Korean American Sijo circa 2021

The neons blind, they seduce and sedate, they quell 
The soil is poison and the iron cities are rotting 
What do I know about the American landscape?
The people sing whispers of a harmonious tomorrow

SarahMae Afriam


I see a rope with knots. 
An owl. Violet and white prism. 
Many moving light fields, auric patterns 
trailing colors—pink, indigo, turquoise.
Quick-moving clouds with faces
appearing and dissipating in seconds.

Alaina Joleen


Do you have one too;
a vision;
a blurry image of what’s to come;
the patterns and dances of words on a page;
they want to live;
they want to be found;

Karen Bruce Lindsey


There was a vision connecting and collecting us,
            but the agreement became an argument.
We worried over our owned things.

robyn brooks

senryu – vision

slippery slope –
the distance between
her words

Maria Elizabeth Burns

YES - Vision
Yes, I do have one.
A perfectionist streak. Thank
you for noticing.

Karen Lindsey

Without conclusion, we can sense beyond belief;
            truth is not an owned thing.
True awareness is not prepositioned in parcels of time.

SarahMae Afriam

Grief is the monster that lounges
picking its nails with its teeth
laughing cruelly at tender memories
weeping at love letters
holding the hair ribbons of dead daughters
between its teeth

Alaina Joleen

& when that vision comes to life
it won’t be what you had imagined
it’s only when we rearrange the words in a line
that we rearrange the words of our lives
The words are waiting to be found; find them
bring your vision home 

robyn brooks

haiku - revision 
half empty –
half full bowl
of rainwater
Fall 2021 Staff

Editor – in – Chief                               Quintin Humphrey

Submission Editor                              Cynthia Sharp                         

Social Media Editor                            Joanna Young

Production Design Editor                 Maddie Trainor

Web Design Editor     

Associate Editor                                 Evan Femino 

Lead Hybrid Editor                           Sarah Mae Afriam

Hybrid Editor                                      Kae Lavallee 

Hybrid Editor                                      Masha Shukovich

Lead Drama Editor                           Maria Burns

Drama Editor                                      Amy Landisman

Drama Editor                                      Alaina Joleen

Drama Editor                                      Jack Cameron

Lead Nonfiction Editor                     Megan Loomis

Nonfiction Editor                                Alicia Smith

Nonfiction Editor                                SarahMae Afriam

Nonfiction Editor                                Yolanda King

Nonfiction Editor                                Jack Cameron

Lead Visual Art Editor                       Maria Burns

Visual Art Editor                                  Diane Davis Steiker  

Visual Art Editor                                 Alaina Joleen

Associate Editor                                 Fiona Blundell 

Lead Critical Editor                            Alaina Joleen

Critical Commentary Editor                Camille Colpitts

Critical Commentary Editor                Chris Bishop

Lead Fiction Editor                            Joanna Young

Fiction Editor                                      Sally Bartolameolli 

Fiction Editor                                      Jonathan Arena

Fiction Editor                                      Yolanda King

Fiction Editor                                      Maria Burns

Lead Poetry Editor     

Poetry Editor                                       Margie Stokley-Bronz

Poetry Editor                                       Robyn Brooks 

Poetry Editor                                       Jenny Tsai  

Lead Copy Editor Word/PDF            Emma Berdanier

Word / PDF Copy Editor                     K. Zoe Potter

Word / PDF Copy Editor                     Alaina Joleen

A Note From the Editor

Quintin Humphrey

            It appears that the darkest moments of our lives, which started in March 2020 with the beginning of the lockdown from Pandemic and climaxing with an event a nation and world did not expect to witness on January 6, 2021, the storming of the United States Capitol Building. We must face a new reality that our world and lives have changed. We must vision a new tomorrow full of hope and inspiration for the power of the written word.

            The theme of The Pitkin Review comes from the Goddard College MFAW program theme of the Spring 2021 Semester of Vision & Revision. As the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, my goal was to take the vision that our previous students have given us for the journal and revision the journal for a new world. Each Editor-in-Chief has a concept or idea of how she/he wants the Pitkin to look and feel. My idea from the start is to have pieces that create an image the moment you read the first word, sentence, line, or phrase. You, the reader, would be immediately swept into the world of the writer. 

Instead of separating each genre, I envision a new approach of bringing the genres together under three themes: Vision, Process, and Revision, which is what writers go through as they write. First, there is the story of what to write, second, the process of writing that story, and finally, the editing and rewriting the revision of the story. 

As I end my time at Goddard College, it has been an honor to be a part of the Goddard MFA community. The Pitkin Review is only possible by two important and vital resources, the students who volunteer their time to be on the staff and all the students who contribute their work to The Pitkin Review. I want to thank the Pitkin Staff and all the students for submitting pieces.

For everyone who has been published in this issue, I want to thank you for fulfilling my vision of The Pitkin Review because, without your words, courage, and spirit as writers, The Pitkin Review could not be revision for 2021.

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