Bridge: Fall 2020

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Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal publishes twice a year, by the Bluffton University English Department, with one print edition and one online edition.

Members of the Bridge 2020 editorial staff selected the best artistic works representing young artists from across the country and the globe for the fourth annual fall online issue.

Editor Melissa Michal Slocum wrote:

“Our fiction choices became a semblance of future brokenness pushing and pulling together, no matter the end. The lyric forms and lines in the non-fiction essays shape and fragment and braid our own inner connections and disconnections, while the poetry explores defining beauty and difficult choices. Finally, the drama piece merges all of these braids and commonalities together through the destruction of memory, which only serves to strengthen family, rather than tear the bond apart.”
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Fall 2020 Bridge 
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Be You graphic design Graphic art
Je'Jae Daniels
“In a world that the status quo is conformity, which we all partake in for a sense of safety and to avoid judgment, it's humorous to hear time to time from a few of my own supporters to express myself in any way which makes me happy, when in fact I fear the cost it takes to be standing on my own, sometimes alone. ”
Bridge fiction Fiction
Grace Timko
Dark, harrowing images and ambiguity build tension between the child, her father, and the meaning behind the crows and bats. The ominous tone in the story weaves readers through her traumas.
Bridge poetry Poetry
decorating the dearly departed
Elizabeth Barrett
When the sun goes down I lie
and wonder if one day, if my body goes still, she will put flowers in
my teeth and hair, or if she will recoil in fear, shrieking at the sight of
the end.”
Bridge nonfiction Nonfiction
The Girl in the Plastic
Zoe Thomas
Using the metaphor of a driver’s license to explore identity and familial relationships, the character development then transforms the driver’s license from something that is shameful to something that is reflective following the decreasing health of the narrator’s father. Overall, it is the tension between the two tones that allows the piece to explore these themes.
Bridge poetry Poetry
Stolen Sisters
Amanda Conover
“Stolen Sisters is a human rights movement advocating for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. In Canada and the U.S., Indigenous women are far more likely to be victims of violence and murder, which this movement aims to bring awareness to and to stop. ”
Bridge poetry Poetry
Aubade in the Inner City: 1973
Raki Jordan
“I lay awake and watched the twinkling of light come
twirling past the dirty glass of the window, and witnessed
how it danced across the complexion of your skin.”
Bridge fiction Fiction
The Silent Hour
Ahlana Hirschfield
Haunting language and descriptions develop characters with high tension evoking dystopian waves of horror. This genre provides an important contrast between the characters’ desires and their lived abuse.
Bridge poetry Poetry
Three poems
by Erik Porter
She Teaches Me Palm Reading
Shakespear’s Birds
It Won’t Be Long Until the Sun Sets
The flower boy  Art
The flower boy
Anthony A Nze

Bridge poetry Poetry
Jaewon Chang
“Within a forest, magnolia trees create a shelter,
                                    the trail of petals form a pink carpet,
                        a great hall without its top to envelope voices,”

Bridge nonfiction Nonfiction
To the Boy Who Painted His Face Brown with Mud to Match Mine
Elyse Thomas
The tension and honesty between the narrator’s childhood innocence and her present knowledge is illuminated through the stories of their interracial friendship and the moments of reflection that come after.
Bridge poetry Poetry
Sharing Oranges
Hugh Cook
If tomorrow there is dancing,
Then today I can eat fire fried rice,
Bridge fiction Fiction
The Vessel
Wong Wei Cong
The vivid images and descriptions produce a somber tone that aids to the theme of loss. There is the loss of place and the loss of family that haunts both the character and us. Overall, this story creates a haunting tale full of vivid images and somber descriptions that tell of the loss the main character is feeling.
Bridge nonfiction Nonfiction
To Remember Even This
Morgan Stevens
We were captivated by the braiding form in this lyric non-fiction essay. The weaving of several subjects, such as the narrator’s relationship with her father, her mother, her desire to be an O.B.G.Y.N., and her tattoos, all braid in and out to form an exploration of the narrator’s body. By exploring what her body means to her, the narrator is in turn, discovering her identity.
Reflecting on Reflections Comics
Reflecting on Reflections
Angie Kang

Bridge fiction Fiction
Motel 6
Sonja Henze
This story focuses on themes such as racial injustice, poverty, finding one’s identity, and what it means to care about someone. The strong, tight language transmits the pain someone can feel when they are placed in a position of financial struggle.
Bridge poetry Poetry
Girl Talk
Bridget Van Houtem
“A bottle of red nail polish for me
and a pale purple one for you”
Bridge poetry Poetry
The Fruit
Omair Hasan
“There was nothing wrong
with the fruit.
The act of eating a piece of heaven,
holding the firm flesh of fruit”
Still Life Art
Still Life
Emily Lu
Bridge drama Drama
In Memor(y)am
Brooke Daly
This play focuses on the important theme of mental health by creating tension between the husband, who suffers from dementia, and the wife, who is the primary caretaker of the husband. The grief that is felt by the wife from the loss of her daughter is portrayed in the language the author uses and tension created by the dialogue, the gaps in dialogue, and the pacing of the play.
Bridge fiction Fiction
Hope’s Flame
Adina Edelman
This story crafts a universal message using tight language and a metaphor that was unique to the situation. The dialogue found in the story contributes greatly to the pacing and intriguing plot by providing context, background, and tension. 

We accept fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, artwork, comics, graphic novels and slam poetry. If you are age 14-24 and are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please do so at

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