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For Jeannie, Kai Harris Aug 2019

For Jeannie, Kai Harris

The Hilltop Review

"For Jeannie" is a short work of fiction that explores one mother's struggle with—and reaction to—undiagnosed depression.


'Art' They Can't See, Lines, Anatomy Of Decomposing, October On Danford Creek, Wing Bone, And Taxidermy, Kailyn J. Dekker Aug 2019

'Art' They Can't See, Lines, Anatomy Of Decomposing, October On Danford Creek, Wing Bone, And Taxidermy, Kailyn J. Dekker

The Hilltop Review

The following document includes a selection and submission for the Hilltop Review. Within the file the reader will find five (5) poems and one (1) micro fiction piece. The poems are titled 'Art' They Can't See, Lines, Anatomy of Decomposing, October on Danford Creek, and Wing Bone. These poems incorporate darkness, illness, social issues, and a manifestation and exploration of the human condition. The Microfiction text titled Taxidermy, details the interaction between two siblings showcasing the younger sister's mental illness by detailing the delusional and obsessive behavior of this character.

These texts have been workshopped under the instruction ...


The Laureate, Hannah Ryder Apr 2019

The Laureate, Hannah Ryder

Honors Theses

In its eighteenth edition, the only undergraduate literary journal on Western Michigan University’s campus returns with more phenomenal student creations. The Laureate, led this year by senior Hannah Ryder, compiles fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, art, and photographs to provide a yearly snapshot of the best work from the university’s brightest individuals. Inside, the pieces explore not only what it means to be an individual, but how different surroundings and influences shape characters and experiences. The journal kicks off with a photograph staring up at a golden-leafed tree, representing both hopefulness and light. It then moves quickly and seamlessly ...


Ariadne, Andrew Cance Aug 2018

Ariadne, Andrew Cance

The Hilltop Review

No abstract provided.


Perennial: An Undergraduate Thesis In Poetry, Austin Wines Apr 2018

Perennial: An Undergraduate Thesis In Poetry, Austin Wines

Honors Theses

A chapbook of poetry that explores sexuality, gender identity, mental illness, naming, and the experience of the contemporary non-binary, male bodied, Queer. "Perennial" functions as a force of resistance to hegemony, celebration, mourning, and eroticism. Through the cultivation and implementation of a personal and/or familial folklore, the poems culminate a century of inter-generational knowledge as the author draws upon the symbols of their childhood to explicate the violence and tenderness of their own Queer experience. These poems serve as a poetical feminist history and reclamation of the author's matrilineage, and the simultaneously paramount and arbitrary nature of language ...


17th Edition Of The Laureate, Jessie Fales Apr 2018

17th Edition Of The Laureate, Jessie Fales

Honors Theses

The Laureate is an undergraduate literary journal sponsored by the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. As Editor in Chief of the 17th Edition, I coordinated the journal’s publication over the course of an academic year. The editorial process follows methodical stages, which have become standard over The Laureate’s lifetime—recruiting submissions, selecting submissions, coordinating with the design center, and hosting a launch party, etc... Of course, every editor has a unique experience, but we must honor the journal’s entity as something larger than ourselves—this journal has existed long before my time, and I ...


Crafting Fear: The Horror Film Trailer, Courtney Dreyer Apr 2018

Crafting Fear: The Horror Film Trailer, Courtney Dreyer

Honors Theses

My research project investigates horror film trailers in an effort to define the characteristics of this genre and discuss its ideological implications. Focusing on theatrical trailers for American wide-release horror films between 2013 and 2017, I closely viewed a sample of forty trailers to inform my investigation. Horror trailers create an intense emotional experience of both dread and fear, tending to follow a similar narrative structure and employ a common set of stylistic techniques to achieve this emotional intensity. The shared stylistic techniques include elements such as tight framing, innocent imagery, and genre misdirection. The repetition of these elements promotes ...


Mental Illness As Portrayed Through Art, Brianna Brown Apr 2018

Mental Illness As Portrayed Through Art, Brianna Brown

Honors Theses

I was thinking of what to do for my thesis while taking classes with Vin about Anthropological Research and I realized how flawed it all was. Anthropology was born from colonialism where scholars from the United States would go to some far-off places to study the people there in hopes that they have found an interesting enough culture to get common people like you and me to want to read a book they later publish. The only way it would sell though is if this story, emphasis on story, read like a book of fiction, so far from what we ...


Hambone, Theodore Wampuszyc Jan 2018

Hambone, Theodore Wampuszyc

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Monday, Emma Fergusson Jan 2018

Monday, Emma Fergusson

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Elizabeth Bennet Whispering Hush, Jessie Fales Jan 2018

Elizabeth Bennet Whispering Hush, Jessie Fales

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Wild Freedom, Elizabeth Field Apr 2017

Wild Freedom, Elizabeth Field

Honors Theses

Wild Freedom, A Fable is a work of utopian fiction that explores themes dominant in Western culture and offers more nature-centered, holistic ways of being. The fable is written from six different perspectives in order to explore diversity among gender, race, sexuality, ability, age, and other identities. This writing style was chosen because acknowledging and listening to diverse perspectives is essential to the creation of a just and equitable society. The ideas presented aim to break away from harmful dualisms dominant in Western culture, for example those that value culture over nature, the mind over the body, and the masculine ...


Amayra Short; Touch Of Shadow (Creative Writing, Fictional Short Story), Jessica Blandford Apr 2017

Amayra Short; Touch Of Shadow (Creative Writing, Fictional Short Story), Jessica Blandford

Honors Theses

Born in a small village near Del Marah, Teagan, abandoned by her mother, arrives on the steps of the orphanage. Her gifts express themselves in unexpected ways as she is taunted by those around her. Manifestations of her dreams become reality in the stone halls and calls the attention of the Reverend Mother, the woman responsible for purging the land from Darkness. Fearing for her life, Teagan is forced to leave behind the only life she has ever known. All the while the Forbidden God calls to her from the Shadows. Contained is a short story of fictitious work, any ...


The Big Community, Jackson Freeman Jan 2017

The Big Community, Jackson Freeman

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Joshua: A Short Lament, Jared Sebastian Jan 2017

Joshua: A Short Lament, Jared Sebastian

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Can A Student Write A Novel In A Month?, Julia Tanner Apr 2016

Can A Student Write A Novel In A Month?, Julia Tanner

Honors Theses

Drew knew that if he had the power to pick the soundtrack of his heaven he would choose the drop of the beat as his Cessna’s tires touching down on a landing. Faye did not put much stock in heaven, but she liked the idea of spending eternity bathed in colors, ones she could fathom now and new ones her mortal eyes couldn’t see. For Louis all he wanted was the feeling of a warm hand in his leading him to the afterlife. Drew, Faye, nor Louis planned on dying any time soon but for varying reasons they ...


Alcoholism, Domestic Violence, & Mental Illness: As A Graphic Novel, Abigail Jackson Apr 2016

Alcoholism, Domestic Violence, & Mental Illness: As A Graphic Novel, Abigail Jackson

Honors Theses

My inspiration for my project, “A Day on the Back Forty”, came from my personal experiences with domestic violence and alcoholism and my interest in not only sharing and hopefully lifting the taboo of having these experiences cast a negative light on my life, but to expose these issues and hopefully bring awareness to those who are not close to domesticviolence or alcoholism and to also offer a connection to those who have experienced these issues. My thought process for this project was to be able to create a thought-provoking familiarity that could be experienced on both an intimate and ...


Editor-In-Chief Of The Laureate, Michael Bodinger Apr 2016

Editor-In-Chief Of The Laureate, Michael Bodinger

Honors Theses

No abstract available.


Backwater, Jacob M. Devoogd Jan 2016

Backwater, Jacob M. Devoogd

The Hilltop Review

No abstract provided.


I Ache In Portugese, Cristal Cardoso Sao Mateus Jan 2016

I Ache In Portugese, Cristal Cardoso Sao Mateus

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


December 12th, 2014, Jared Sebastian Jan 2016

December 12th, 2014, Jared Sebastian

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Gravity, June Rose Jan 2016

Gravity, June Rose

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


In The Café Down The Road, Bradley Miller Jan 2016

In The Café Down The Road, Bradley Miller

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Narrow River, Justine A. Mcnulty May 2015

Narrow River, Justine A. Mcnulty

The Hilltop Review

No abstract provided.


Red-Faced Man, Austin Wines Apr 2015

Red-Faced Man, Austin Wines

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Negative Nancy, M. Andrew Bodinger Apr 2015

Negative Nancy, M. Andrew Bodinger

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Perception, Stephanie Lanphear Apr 2015

Perception, Stephanie Lanphear

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


What Lies Below, Renée Beaudoin Apr 2015

What Lies Below, Renée Beaudoin

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


Child Of God, Jared Sebastian Apr 2015

Child Of God, Jared Sebastian

The Laureate

No abstract provided.


From The River Jordan, Tyler Van Hoorn Apr 2015

From The River Jordan, Tyler Van Hoorn

The Laureate

No abstract provided.