The Purple is a literary magazine written, edited and published by Holy Cross students to provide a showcase for creative writing. The magazine is published once a year and is comprised of poetry, short stories, photographs and artwork.
See the Aims and Scope for a complete coverage of the journal.
Current Issue: Volume 132, Issue 1 (2021) Serotiny
Though referring more often to pinecones than to people, “serotiny” stands as an apt title for this year’s edition of The Purple. The word “serotiny” refers to the process by which some plants release their seeds not in response to their natural maturation but in response to an environmental trigger; in other, less technical, words: external circumstance controls the growth cycle of new life. This is what happens to us. We do not choose our hardships in life, our opportunities for growth. The pandemic, we must note, is something that we did not choose to happen, yet it has altered the life of every human being in the world—all 7.8 billion. When we are faced with this hardship and its existence, we have managed to create something beautiful from it. The art in this year’s edition of The Purple confirms such beauty, and now, we leave you with its pages.
Griffin Gudaitis, Amber John, Christine McLaughlin
Amber John, Class of 2021
Christine McLaughlin, Class of 2021
Griffin Gudaitis, Class of 2022
Harry Byrne, Poetry Editor
Sarah Street, Poetry Editor
Brendan Ryan, Fiction Editor
Abigail Hadlock, Nonfiction Editor
Nina Masin-Moyer, Art Editor
Shea O'Scannlain, Art Editor