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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.
Sincerely,
Griffin Gudaitis, Amber John, Christine McLaughlin

Poetry

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The Oncologist
Brendan Ryan

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thirst
Grace Manning

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Good Brains
SpiroAnthony Stathas

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in space
Sarah Street

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Chimera
Sarah Street

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i came home
Grace Manning

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my sister and i
Grace Manning

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this truth
Grace Manning

Fiction

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Spiral
Anna Davis

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Making a Name
Kimberly Fetherston

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The Houseplants
Christine McLaughlin

Nonfiction

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Letter to a Stranger
Sebastian Samuels

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The Gospel of I
Claire Fitzpatrick

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Trees of Life
Luka Agniel

Artwork

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St. Edward's Door
Teresa Reilly

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Fall
Amber John

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Covid Stroll
Henry Byrne

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Gibraltar (2019)
Kimberly Fetherston

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Comparison
Julia Covelle

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Those Left Behind
Henry Byrne

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Untitled
Emma Lange

Editors

Senior Editor

Amber John, Class of 2021

Senior Editor

Christine McLaughlin, Class of 2021

Senior Editor

Griffin Gudaitis, Class of 2022

Genre Editors

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

Assistant Editors

Anna Davis

Kimberley Fetherston

Bridget Flaherty

Madeleine Fontenay

Ramsès Taveras

Christian Barkman

Trinity Cole

Clare Lawler