Warp & Weave: "A Portrait of Asphodels"
Warp & Weave: "The Lake"
Touchstones: "Dear Jeff,"
Essais: "A Necessity for Change: Shown through Ursula K. Le Guin's the Left Hand of Darkness"
Second Place for "Dear Jeff,"|Fall 2022 issue of Utah Valley University's Touchstones
Awarded by Ryan Ridge
"Few acts on earth surpass the feral joy of quitting a truly terrible job, and reading "Dear Jeff" is equally as thrilling. A workplace saga set in the shadows of COVID-19 and late capitalism, this epistolary piece is a love letter to the exit door. In an era of 'quiet quitting,' this timely tale tells the quiet part loud. I encourage you to crank some Johnny Paycheck ("Take This Job and Shove It") or the Ramones ("The Job That Ate My Brain") and read this story aloud. I did."