2019–20 Editorial Staff


Nicholas Barone ’19


M Mark
Eduardo Rodriguez
Aidan Heck ’19
Larissa Archondo ’20

Vassar Student Review Liaison

Maria Bell ‘19


Palak Patel ’16
Alyx Raz ’16
Sofia Benitez ’18
Catherine Lucey ’19


Amitava Kumar
Nicholas Garrison ’19


Zach Bokhour
A.J. Cincotta-Eichenfield


Ronald Patkus
Haley Hill ’19


Molly McGlennen
Samantha Leftt ’19
Katerina Pavlidis ’20

Web Design

Jeff Macaluso
Megg Brown


Mary-Kay Lombino
Dakota Peterson ’19
Griffin Pion ’20


Farisa Khalid ’05
Anna Wiley ’19
Hannah Hildebolt ’21

Founding Editors

Alyx Raz
Palak Patel


J.S. McCarthy Printers

Advisory Board

Mark Amodio
Andrew Ashton
David Means
Sophia Siddique Harvey


The Vassar Review is an international, multidisciplinary literary arts journal that fosters working relationships between faculty, students, and published artists in order to engage its annual theme with care and reflective insight.

The journal is a revival of the former literary arts magazine published by the faculty and students of Vassar College. VR entered the literary scene in 1927 shaped by a small circle of students, including Elizabeth Bishop. Today, the journal is international in scope and multidisciplinary in nature, across both a print and digital interface. Each academic year culminates with a printed publication and a digital supplement.


defined many publications and structures, those that are not open to all, open to interpretation, or open to change, and unfold them into a collaborative journal that believes the artist’s voice and methods of expression are essential to our daily lives.

Artistically and intimately, we aim to cultivate an international community that holds at its core purposeful expression, visions of things to come, and a revision of what has already been experienced.


Submissions are accepted each fall. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We consider all artistic and literary forms, including painting, photography, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts, and screenplays, but also forms that often prove difficult to present, such as new media art, spoken-word poetry and performances, hypertext fiction, and others. Please visit the submissions page for full submission guidelines.


We extend our thanks to our contributors and to the following individuals and bodies for their support and advice in shaping this issue: Aashna Bawa, Joe Bolander, Elizabeth Bradley, Francine Brown, Megg Brown, Jonathan Chenette, Steve Dahnert, Judith Dollenmayer, Catharine Bond Hill, Sami Hopkins, Daniel Lasecki, Amy Laughlin, Alison Mateer, James Mundy, Dana Nalbandian, Elizabeth Randolph, Andrew Raz, Daria Robbins, Dean Rogers, Tracey Sciortino, Bryan Swarthout, Lisa Tessler, and Margaret Vetare.

The Dean of Faculty’s Office, the English Majors’ Committee, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the Office of the President, Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Communications, Vassar College English Department, and Vassar College Libraries.