• Living Strange, a novel

      Giese, Allison (2018-05)
      Living Strange is about a young webcomic artist, Aaron Bateson, as he survives a suicide attempt and must begin the arduous process of recovery. However, a muddled and strained family situation, along with the fact that he’s begun to see his dead ex-boyfriend’s ghost, is making it even harder. Living Strange is a story about healing and reclamation. Structurally speaking, it’s a coming-of-age story, filled with phantoms of the past. Mental illness, specifically chronic depression and anxiety, feature prominently in the story and how they color the voice of the protagonist. Additionally, persona narration and free indirect style are used to show how Aaron’s mental illnesses affect his consciousness and how he tells his story. Parallels are drawn between the protagonist and the late Dmitri through specific and controlled encounters, as Dmitri was never able to seek help for his depression. At its heart, this novel is a character study about how we heal when things go wrong, and when we’re at our rawest and most vulnerable.
    • No longer Celia

      Stein, Mariel (2019-05)
      After following her cousin, Rosalind, into banishment, Celia finds herself more lost than ever before. Without the comforts of the palace, her father, and even her name (which is now Aliena), she must identify the new and mysterious feeling that binds her to the Forest of Arden: a profound love for Rosalind. In this one-act reimagining of William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, As You Like It, Celia, seeks to earn her place as the protagonist of the story and the object of Rosalind’s affection.
    • Slay: owning your queer identity

      Paredes, Andrea (2019-05)
      SLAY is a magazine targeted to specifically queer audiences with an emphasis on normalizing queer identities and the love that comes with it. Print media is saturated with heteronormative notions and this magazine combats that by keeping the layout of a traditional magazine but creating stories on queer love, gay history, and other marginalized communities.
    • Understanding the housing experiences of trans* and non-binary college students

      Montmarquet, Honor (2021-05)
      While it is well known that the United States has a problem with high rates of homelessness and housing insecurity, the specific housing experiences of transgender college students is an under-explored topic. Existing studies suggest that a significant subset of youth experience housing insecurity during their years as college students; research also indicates that LGBTQ and specifically trans* youth experience disproportionately high rates of homelessness and housing insecurity. As such, it is important to capture the stories of those who fall into both of these categories. This interview-based study with trans* college students, including students who have experienced housing insecurity and homelessness during college, begins to fill the gap in our knowledge about this population. This research begins to shine light on the particular housing experiences of trans* college students with a goal of shaping policy that might better serve the needs to this population.