For over forty years, Helicon Literary and Arts Magazine has celebrated Northwestern’s undergraduate artists, writers, and poets, publishing a plethora of works that delve into journeys of self-discovery, daring adventures, contemplative soliloquies, absurdist and esoteric ruminations, and more. In the pieces you are about to read, you will find all of these experiences, as well as those that defy description. From works musing on parental relationships, to pieces peering into the private lives of those around you, to thrilling tales of budding friendship, the works featured in Helicon’s Winter 2024 issue exemplify the outstanding artistry and creativity of Northwestern’s undergraduate community. As you take a peek inside, we encourage you to find connection and resonance, as well as to perhaps even become inspired to create art of your own. 

This magazine is here today due to our incredible community, which has supported Helicon throughout the decades. We would like to thank Northwestern’s Creative Writing Department, whose sponsorship has provided us with countless opportunities to grow and create. To the many family members, friends, alumni, and peers who have generously donated to Helicon over the years, making our many magazines and events possible. To our talented staff, which continues to push our organization to evolve, always coming up with incredible ideas for future events and opportunities. To the members of our executive and editorial board, who put their hearts and souls into every facet of this magazine. And, of course, to Brian Bouldrey, our faculty advisor, for always believing in what Helicon can do. Thank you for being a part of this adventure ever since you were Editor-in-Chief yourself.

Finally, we would like to extend our thanks to you, our readers, for diving into our magazine’s pages. Thank you for celebrating these artists with us, and for letting the art you experience change you. Take a pen, a pencil, a notebook, a camera, or whatever tools you desire, and allow this art to become a part of you. Read something. Experience something. Create something. 

Thank you so much for reading our magazine.

Lily Glaubinger


The works published herein are the sole property of the writers and artists who created them. No work may be used without the explicit permission of the author or artist.