Dear readers,

As always, this issue of Helicon includes pieces from a range of artistic forms on diverse topics, with little in common but the obvious hard work and talent of their creators. As we enter the fortieth year of Helicon’s existence, we celebrate the artistic and literary undergradu- ate community of Northwestern, whose work we have been proud to showcase over the years. We’ve long since passed the milestone of being the longest running literary magazine on campus, and through all that time, some things have stayed the same as others have changed. We still accept and print all kinds of artistic endeavors unrestrained by any set theme or requirements, but now in addition to our print issues, we also publish Helicon online at our website: This issue in particular is, to my knowledge, unique in that it was funded completely by the generous donations of Northwestern and Helicon alumni. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, we could not have done this without you.

On that note, so many people dedicated their time and energy to make this issue possible. Thank you to the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives, and especially Director of Residential Academic Initiatives Bradley Zakarin, Associate Director Nancy Anderson, and Program Assistant Mary Dworak. Thank you also to Susan Lee, the Faculty Chair of Chapin Humanities Residential College, the birthplace of Helicon. Thank you to Chelsea Mattson and Julia Miller from Alumni Relations and Development, whose help was invaluable in raising funds for this issue. Thank you so much to my incredible staff for your hard work this year! To my fellow seniors Caroline Chu, Nicole Fallert, Ryan Varadi, and Tiffany Wu—I almost can’t believe that soon we’ll be graduating from Northwestern, thank you for all your contributions to Helicon over the years. And of course, thank you to Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch, our faculty advisor, for everything.

Finally, thank you for taking the time to read Helicon! We hope you love it as much as we do.
Katherine Steiner
Editor in Chief





Helicon Literary & Arts Magazine was the brainchild of three students in Mary Kinzie’s 1979 poetry sequence. Lisa Getter, Christina Calvit, and Michael Steele wanted to provide Northwestern with a regularly published literary magazine that could showcase the artistic work of the student body. Helicon began in and is affliated with Chapin, the Humanities Residential College, and is funded by the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives. The first issue appeared in the spring of 1980.

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.