Jobana Leon | Heidy Dardon | Paige Parker | Kavin Wicker | Rachel Bigler | Shengjie Wu | Ian Wells | Logan Bledsoe | Chardonae Odegard | Paige Parker | Taija Williams-Adams
Sarah Beebe María | Mitzi Ceballos | Mathew A. Garcia | Aradia Burkhalter
Uriel Bermoy | Nadira Ali | Grace LaPierre
Katja Wahl | Heidy Dardon | Megan Tuthill | Amanda Wilson | Zachary Green | Abid Tanzil | Claire Hafer
Bryce Regian | Grace Cain | Aidan Barger | Summer Dietsche | Sarah Springer | Marjorie Jordan-Sabo | Caitlin Flaws | Ivy Ndambuki | Nora Loney | John Roach | Hanae Livingston | Taija Williams-Adams
Letters from the Editor – Editor-in Chief, Sara Quenzer
Letter from the Editor – Managing Editor, Ally Pang
A Message from Us
We wanted to use this space to thank the readers, writers, and artists of the WSU community. LandEscapes would not exist without you, and that would be a damn shame. This journal has now been around for 20 years. Two decades. Our journal can almost legally drink!
This year has also been a landmark year, as we hosted our very first Drag Queen/King Storytime in November, and raised some money for Inland Oasis (a volunteer-based organization serving the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Ally/Asexual communities of the Palouse). We increased our budget for the first time in ten years. There are at least seven more positions in our staff, and our office no longer looks like a prop room that’s drowning in boxes of unopened books.
As we’ve said elsewhere in this issue, it’s also been a particularly hard year. COVID-19 has affected the entire world on a scale many of us couldn’t imagine, and there were times we weren’t sure we’d be able to finish the journal. It sounds like a small potatoes issue to postpone a journal issue; in comparison to losing milestone celebrations, jobs, friends, and family members, postponing a journal IS a small potatoes issue.
But in times as depressing as these, it’s imperative people keep their spirits up. Without art to turn to, the world would feel even bleaker, and I know my staff and I would have felt like we were giving up a limb if we had to give up work on the journal. It was difficult to put out this issue in the midst of a pandemic. Almost the entire staff returned to their family homes, and in-person meetings were banned. Along with figuring out online school and work, we had to figure out how to remotely put the journal together – not even knowing for sure if we were guaranteed printed copies at the end of it all.
But we did it. Actually, we didn’t just do it- we did it right. This book is gorgeous.
We’re so proud of it, and it brought us so much joy during a less-than-joyous time. We hope it does the same for you.
Chins up, everyone.
Letter from the Editor
Sara Quenzer, Editor in Chief
My people. I don’t know if you know just how much your smiles and your passion and your presence made my year better. This journal would be nothing without all of you, and I hope you feel as connected to it as I do.
Hearing you all talk about the art we were privileged enough to see in the submissions inbox this year always left me feeling inspired and…worthy, if that makes any sense. The fact that I could help provide an environment for all of you to do such beautiful and meaningful work was really, really fulfilling — and I hope that you were fulfilled by your experience in LE too.
This year has been one of the worst of my life. I got out of an abusive relationship last April, and throughout all of our time together as a staff I’ve been dealing with CRCI and Pullman PD investigations, as well as the mental anguish that shitty relationships put people through. I thought about sharing all of this with you in person, and planned on doing so at the end of the year, but then this fucking whack virus hit. So, I’m sharing it here, and telling you that for the rest of your lives you can come to me with any problems. I’m sure you have some, even if you don’t let it show. You have my number and my email and I’ll give you so much delicious barbecue if you come see me in Kansas City.
I truly hope you all stick around in LE for the remainder of your time at WSU, because we all know that Ally Pang is going to do a kickass job as editor-in-chief, and I’m so excited to see how LE grows with the foundation of attempting a charity event, incorporating new positions, and intertwining with more of the WSU RSOs. Plus, you’ll have a bigger budget! Go buckwild, dudes. And please, please, please send me copies of the journals you create; I know they’re going to be just as stunning and wonderful as this one, I’d like to brag about you to anyone who’ll listen, and I insist on filling my cubicle with LE issues.
As for those of you reading this who aren’t staff members, sorry I just wrote so much stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with you. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I promise that the rest of the content in this journal makes up for it. Thank you for supporting the arts here on campus. It means the world to know that people actually read the project we spend months and months putting work into, and our talented contributors deserve to have their work seen.
Because of the coronavirus, we had to cancel our release party, so as you all read this, I implore you to eat some ice cream, maybe drink a lil’ drank, and if social-distancing measures are still in place then maybe FaceTime someone who gives a fuck about art the way you do.
Personal thank yous to Donna Potts, Peter Chilson, DJ Lee, Cameron McGill, Alison Boggs, Buddy Levy, Annie Lampman, Brooklyn Walter, Zili Chang, Logan Plant, Noah Benson, Angelo Timbol, Kaila Smith, Allison Eatmon, Susan Quenzer, William Quenzer, AJ Quenzer, Oscar the corgi, and, of course, Miss Ally Pang. I love you all.
Letter from the Editor
Ally Pang, Managing Editor
For a majority of creators and artists, it can be a pretty solitary life, especially since a lot of creators I know tend to fall on the timid side. Having a journal like LandEscapes providing a space to both share work and collaborate with fellow creators helps foster a confidence in quieter people like me.
From being in LandEscapes, I’ve learned the importance of being in an artistic community. Yes, it’s great to be able to focus on your work alone but having someone to just rant to about blocks in creativity helps to move past the challenges. Whether you’re outgoing with passion or softly existing in the back of the classroom, creators need other creators. It can be rough as a creative, but I believe this journal proves we’re not entirely alone.
This year of LandEscapes felt like running, not alone but together as a team of editors along the same path. It was exhilarating to be moving in a new direction. There were times where we stopped to make sure everyone was accounted for, then took off again.
With this entirely new team of editors, I can proudly say that LandEscapes is becoming an evolved version of itself. Our editors contributed new, innovative ideas to get the journal out into the community. Despite being made of individual creators, LandEscapes really came together this year to become our own community. This journal exists in all its unique glory because of the range of editors and contributors.
Escape into the themes of self-discovery, growth, and personal identity as captured by a handful of our contributors in this year’s journal. Let this journal be a way for you to escape reality, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as the editors and I did.
Chief Financial Officer/ Poetry Editor
Journal Designer/Poetry Editor
Social Media & Marketing Manager/Poetry Editor
Sara Quenzer is getting degrees in English and journalism. The Coronavirus made everything fucking weird, so graduating has about the same ceremonious weight as completing a mandatory work training that she didn’t pay attention to, and getting a shitty JPEG certificate for it. She’s clearly a positive person. In all seriousness, she’s just grateful to have met such wonderful friends at WSU, and to have the support of her family and childhood friends. Sara will start work as an associate writer at Hallmark in June.
In her second year in LandEscapes, Ally is still a quietly passionate writer. However, she becomes the opposite when confronted with her favorite K-pop groups (stan Stray Kids and BTS). Ally can be found with a cup of matcha tea in Café Moro or reading at an open mic.
Hey! My name is Joel Kemegue, I’m a freshman creative writing major from Bellevue, Washington and one of the nonfiction editors. I’ve been reading forever, have the definitive top 20 rappers list, and I could talk for hours about anything considered art. If you see me doing something, I’m procrastinating on something else.
Taija Williams-Adams is a Junior at WSU. She is a creative writing major, pursuing a certificate in Editing and Publishing. She is the Events Coordinator and Fiction Editor at LandEscapes. She hopes to get the chance to publish a novel one day that will embrace her love for stars and magic while challenging the stigma.
Jamie’s an English education major from Anchorage, Alaska. Her friends mean the absolute world to her, and she’s always open to recommendations for books, shows, music, food—basically anything. Jamie’s been incredibly lucky to chase down many opportunities in her time at WSU, and she couldn’t be more stoked and grateful to have her role in LandEscapes.
Ellen MacNary is a senior getting a dual degree in neuroscience and creative writing at WSU. She’s a fiction editor at LandEscapes, and in her freetime she likes to play rugby, write plays and short stories, and cook.
Hi, I’m Courtney! I’m currently a senior at WSU working on my last semester before graduating in May of 2020 with a degree in creative writing and a certificate in editing and publishing. Originally from Los Angeles, California, most of my creative inspiration comes from diversity and I hope to someday use my writing to influence others positively.
Noelle is from Las Vegas, Nevada and is a freshman at WSU. She is elated to be a part of LandEscapes as a designer and poetry editor! Creativity and the arts mean the world to her! Shoutout to her soulmate Davin for always giving her inspiration—- in both writing and in life! N.G.U!
Hi! I am one of the nonfiction editors, and I’m currently majoring in English. I’m from northern California and have been there my whole life until now. I love writing fictional stories and my dream is to publish a novel while pursuing a career in journalism in a big city.
Amelia is the Chief Financial Officer and one of the Poetry Editors. She is a biology major and hopes to become an anesthesiologist assistant. She loves reading, hiking, getting lost in the woods, listening to music on vinyl, and live comedy shows. Her writing has been published in Anti-Heroin Chic and Dis*order.
I am a senior at Washington State University majoring in digital technology and culture and minoring in fine arts. I enjoy doing graphic design work and creating fun and creative illustrations. One of my hobbies is photography, and I really love to capture pictures of nature such as flowers, trees, and a beautiful sunset view.