Dear friends and readers,

Compared to our Winter issues in print, Helicon’s online Spring editions tend to include a greater number of multimedia genres best suited to fit our website platform. In the past, our online issues have included, in addition to prose and poetry, music, videos, animated GIFs, video games, hypertext files, and almost any other medium one could imagine. While this issue is no exception, the Spring 2018 Issue of Helicon includes arresting pieces across traditional and modern genres; from Marco Alvarez’s short story on the perils of cloning oneself to Monica Garcia’s poetic musings on Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoe, this issue defies characterization as an eclectic blend of themes and subjects across a variety of media.

Without the support of the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives, this publication of Helicon would not be possible. Helicon extends its deepest thanks to Bradley Zakarin, Director of Residential Academic Initiatives, as well as Associate Director Nancy Anderson and Program Assistant Mary Dworak. Helicon’s relationship with the Humanities Residential College at Chapin Hall has been critical to our magazine’s continued publication throughout the last several decades. Specifically, Helicon is very grateful for the work of Faculty Chair Susan Lee and Chapin Liaison Melanie De Vincentiis in making a home for Helicon this academic year. Additionally, all of Helicon’s activities, including the production of this issue, would not be possible without the invaluable support of our faculty advisor, Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch.

As this is the last issue of the academic year, I wanted to finally extend my thanks to the senior members of Helicon for their valued contributions to the magazine over several years. These members include Kate Kowalski, Laura Roth, Nora Harris, and Madie Jacobs.

Though our time at Northwestern is coming to an end, I think I speak for all senior members when I say I am looking forward to seeing Helicon continue to flourish for many years to come.


Will Engellenner




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 affiliated 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.