Ichorous Hamartia by Eliza Bratt

Who taught Icarus to run from home? To run to golden arms of unsettling perfection? To hold tight to something so beyond reach it would be his undoing? Did he know? That each second spent would slowly steal the color from his hair? That each kiss would leave a darkened sun-mark on his sand-pale skin?…

Cinder-Elliott by Amanda Schlicter

Long ago in a land far away, A boy named Cinder-Elliot did play. He was happy and free ’til that sad day came When his mother died and step-father placed blame. Years passed and Elliot toiled His step-brothers poked fun, his happy plans foiled. One day a change came by, When a royal messenger did…

Drying Out by Kyle Thoutt

During the pandemic, when everything had shut down and the world seemed to be at a standstill, Steven decided to make one of the most important decisions in his life. It started out innocently enough during the weekends as a teenager; it’s hard to say when it really started to be a problem, maybe it…

Poem of Love by Harley Robar

when I think of the crazy things that life hath given us so far, I think of how far we have come how far we can go. stop looking back dear look into my eyes and see the future I see see your glory in my eyes you are not any more than you need…

The Moon Who Craves The Night by Phillip Lara

  Biography: My name is Phillip Lara, and I usually go by Phil. I am currently pursuing a video production degree at Aims in hopes of working with film as a career. I have always loved being in the mountains since I can remember. It wasn’t until I was inspired by a friend who took photos…

Growth by Charis Fleshner

  Biography: Being an Art and Gender Studies professor at Aims is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to be a professor and share my love of the creative process with students. I am a conceptual artist, meaning I work in many different mediums depending on the concept. I am most interested…

Light The Way by Phillip Lara

  Biography: My name is Phillip Lara, and I usually go by Phil. I am currently pursuing a video production degree at Aims in hopes of working with film as a career. I have always loved being in the mountains since I can remember. It wasn’t until I was inspired by a friend who took photos…

Queen of Crows by Mackenzie Wolfe

  Biography: Mackenzie Wolfe is a twenty-four-year-old digital artist living in Greeley, Colorado with 7 years of experience in digital painting. Growing up in a small mid-western town, Mackenzie found a love for art when she received her first tablet at the age of twelve, setting the stage for her artistic journey. With few opportunities…

Funfetti by Charis Fleshner

  Biography: Being an Art and Gender Studies professor at Aims is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to be a professor and share my love of the creative process with students. I am a conceptual artist, meaning I work in many different mediums depending on the concept. I am most…

Western Wrangling by Daren Ford

  Biography: Hi, I’m Daren Ford, a photographer based out of Northern Colorado, living life on the front range and blessed to be so near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After spending as much of my free time as possible deep in the mountains chasing trophy elk, I started to slow down and observe the…

Evening Glow by Phillip Lara

  Biography: My name is Phillip Lara, and I usually go by Phil. I am currently pursuing a video production degree at Aims in hopes of working with film as a career. I have always loved being in the mountains since I can remember. It wasn’t until I was inspired by a friend who took…

Reesie Roo By Charis Fleshner

  Biography: Being an Art and Gender Studies professor at Aims is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to be a professor and share my love of the creative process with students. I am a conceptual artist, meaning I work in many different mediums depending on the concept. I am most…

Astoria-Megler Bridge by Emma Young

  Biography: Making art has allowed me to express myself in ways words can’t. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons why I create. All of my artwork is based on my emotions while I’m creating. Even though some of my artwork isn’t from the happiest of times, I enjoy looking back and seeing…

Movement of Water by Laney Gabriel

  Biography: Hello! My family has been part of Aims for soon to be more than 15 years and I grew up on campus in my mother’s office. I enjoy the student-friendly environment and community care provided by Aims. I have achieved two associates here at Aims and I will continue to study Astrobiology in…

Cold Crisp Morning by Daren Ford

  Biography: Hi, I’m Daren Ford, a photographer based out of Northern Colorado, living life on the front range and blessed to be so near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After spending as much of my free time as possible deep in the mountains chasing trophy elk, I started to slow down and observe…

Moonrise by Daren Ford

  Biography: Hi, I’m Daren Ford, a photographer based out of Northern Colorado, living life on the front range and blessed to be so near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. After spending as much of my free time as possible deep in the mountains chasing trophy elk, I started to slow down and observe…

Wish of a Lifetime by Lili Luo

Everyone has wishes. They can be big or small, selfish or selfless, known by all or known by one. Some wish on the stars and planets while others wish on candles while still others wish on angel numbers.  Mykala is no different. A girl whose dreams range from inconsequential things to the unreachable. At five,…

School by Jayla M Oswald

I could feel the heat radiating from her skin; bright rosy cheeks and wide green eyes stared back at me. I could feel the words she sang in her head through the air. I could feel her hands twist into mine, and though my face felt as hot and red as hers, I wasn’t nervous,…

Hell’s Gate by Zoe Coats

The sky was hemorrhaging, its colors transfused with bloody light. In the distance, factories and steamboats chugged on, engaging in the dull rhythm of a life that I had long since left behind. It was pretty as a picture, and I could not stand it. My funeral procession trudged toward Hell’s Gate, mourning the woman…

Into the Neon Light by Austin LeLievre

A desolate stream of water and neon ripples away when the step of a white shoe exits the Aeromag. The shoe then pulls a young man in azure pants dressed with a silver belt paired with a scarlet shirt that has just an embroidered smiley face up on the chest. The man takes a deep…

The Oasis by Nick Luna

The scotch burned my lips, then proceeded to walk its fires through my mouth and down my throat. The electric lights remained darkened like the dark recesses of the space beyond the moon. Candle light flickered and danced across the pages of this diary. It is a rushed affair, I understand, as I pen these…

Faux Art by Dominic Plascencia

The clinking of a champagne glass filled a minimalist room with little to no color except eggshell white for all the furniture. From the 70s deco chair full of ovals to the thin legged chairs surrounding a white marble table, it gave the essence of ‘filthy rich’. It was a marvelous square room, with hardwood…

The Rainbow by Cindy Jewkes

“You’re needed in Mr. Serino’s office right away,” came a slightly pinched voice through George’s office phone. George gulped. What had he done this time? He didn’t care much for his job anymore, but he still didn’t particularly want to lose it. He knocked on his boss’s broad oak door and heard a muffled “Come…

Beneath the Surface by Megan Prumbach

How do you mark the change in a man? How do you know when, exactly, he decides to throw aside everything he has known and live a life of tyranny? Is it one single, definitive moment or rather the culmination of wrongs that make a villain? I never considered myself a villain. I suppose every…

Warrior of the Dead by Natalia Fuentes

I had a normal life up until recently; my life even seemed dull and ordinary to whoever knew me. Of course, this all changed very drastically, but I feel I’m getting quite ahead of myself. I should probably introduce myself first. My name is Gloria Ramirez, and I’m nineteen years old. I am a warrior…

Lost Gear by Rogelio Gaona

My head feels disoriented, and my eyes open as they start to focus on my surroundings. Above me, I locate a dim lamp that faintly illuminates the dark room. The wall is made with all sorts of gears and mechanical parts and the floor feels metallic, each tile with its own square pattern and bronze…

Cards on the Subway by Everett Lewark

Jefferies Station was huge—lots of tracks ran through the station, and trains were constantly coming and going. The tiled white roof hung in a series of arches above us like an Olympic swimming pool for bats. Standing there in this huge room crowded with grown-ups, I felt tiny. Their words echoed off the walls—almost louder…

Skin Deep by Lili Luo

Pounds and pounds of makeup were applied daily to every inch of Cassidy’s skin. She wished that her skin was similar to everyone else, but there wasn’t anything she could do about it. She had dealt with it for her entire life, hiding her discoloration since she could remember.  The heavy weight of the makeup…

EnderRakst by Riley McGee

At the beginning of time there were Seven Aldstes. These Seven Fathers, as we now call them, were sent by the Gods to our world which was then called EnderRakst or The Unity. Struggling to survive, the fathers quickly banded together to survive the harsh winter. But the whirling storms had nearly brought the Seven…

The Collision of the Era: Beginnings by Angel Bautista

Chapter 1 “On Board” “Where am I?” asks a fair lady with golden locks that strung down as she sat up from the bed that she was not familiar with. Her ocean-blue eyes look at the bed and looked at the blanket that held many patterns. Before she could question the quilt, a gruff and…

Last Man Standing by Riley McGee

Chapter 1: Awakening I look around and see a bunch of trees. I get myself off the dirt ground. I begin to randomly walk around hoping to figure out what I am doing here, where I am, or anything really. As I try to remember one thing I begin to realize how little I remember….

Sufficient by Ashley Sigala

My name is Kara and I just recently graduated from college. If I were to be honest, I thought I’d have never finished. My parents always wanted the best for me, while I wanted to move to LA and start my acting career. I know that I had to make my parents proud and that…

Noah by Kadie Jones

I was never one to believe in fairytales. I was never one to believe in happily ever after’s or fairy godmothers that would solve all of my problems. Not until I met him. I was 16 years old, and at that time, my father was in the Confederate army. I grew up in a home…

The Place by Anna Johnson

I quietly got out of my Chevy pickup truck. Stepping down into the dirt with my sandals and lower layers of my dress swarming in a cloud of dirt, I didn’t care and started to wander.  I wandered along the dirt path quietly, following the twists and turns. I consistently looked up to see if…

Dear Grandpa by Promise Laino

Joaquin I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Spain in the small town of Alba de Yeltes. I had 4 siblings, two sisters and two brothers, and only my mother after my dad sadly passed away from cancer when I was 14. I had always been a hard worker, spending my days…

The Devil Went Down to Albuquerque by Zoe Coats

The Devil went down to Albuquerque God knows why He went to the place Where dreams go to die He wore a hooded cloak To bask in his own tenebrosity He took some anger management To fix his animosity The road was long And the cucumber green In Albuquerque he found A bloody scene Most…

Ichorous Hamartia by Eliza Bratt

Who taught Icarus to run from home? To run to golden arms of unsettling perfection? To hold tight to something so beyond reach it would be his undoing? Did he know? That each second spent would slowly steal the color from his hair? That each kiss would leave a darkened sun-mark on his sand-pale skin?…

Chasing the Requiem by Erica Hansen

Disguised in animosity and briskly walking She boarded the ship The sea gently rocking She could smell adventure in the salty ocean air The constable eyed her strangely As she chewed on her hair She tried to control her breathing Which would have been easier if she hadn’t been grieving The entanglement, still fresh in…

Youth by Megan Prumbach

The cold fall is settling outside, and the semester is coming to an end. What consumes most of my days now are essays and piles of school books that wall me into an inescapable room. It’s all boring and dreary, a mirror of the changing seasons outside. My thoughts now are swamped by finals and…

Charlie by Trisha Nelson

**TRIGGER WARNING: Gun Violence Charlie sat on his little bed by the front window that Elsie made for him. That was his favorite spot in the whole apartment. He could people watch; some would even stop to talk to him. He would watch the squirrels and the birds. It was great. There was so much…

River by Jeremy Rottini

  Biography: While I briefly tinkered with art a few times during my teens and early adulthood, I didn’t really get serious about painting until a few months prior to the pandemic starting. The extra time I had at home during the pandemic allowed me to dive deeply into soft pastels and learn some of the…

Bobby by Dennis Taylor

I was a college freshman, Eastern Illinois University, on a full athletic scholarship. Free meals, free tuition, good roommate. Clai Dungy was a track star. Life is good! Brother Bobby (Robert Dale Taylor) was 10 years old and I was his hero. I took him everywhere. We went to football games, wrestling, baseball. We got…