• 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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