Kwan Yin Chan

Hi, I am KY Chan. As an international student from Hong Kong, I am intrigued by the beauty of English, especially in poetry, so I am pursuing an English major. In my leisure time, I like to play the piano, practice Chinese martial arts, and learn about meditation.  I have participated in a series of debating tournaments when I was in high school. The debating topics are always controversial, which often broaden my horizon with multiple perspectives. Served in the captain position of the team is a great chance to know the importance of time-management and working under pressure.   I have also frequently taken part in public speaking competitions, since they are precious opportunities to speak in front of people. With practice, I have built self-confidence and become competent in delivery in a logical and concise manner.   In addition, I maintain time for my hobbies, with reading as my particularly fruitful one. Being inquisitive, I love reading novels, plays and poems. French play “Les Justes”, Indian poet “Rabindranath Tagore” and Chinese novel “the Romance of the Three Kingdoms” are some of my favorites.   As an editor in MUSH magazine, I hope to explore and appreciate more flowery and poetic articles as well as art work from the UWMC students.

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Michaela Bargender

I’m Michaela Bargender, and I am a second semester editor for MUSH magazine. I base my artistic aesthetic on good writing. While I do like to draw, I tend to get more out of writing, so I will start with stories, books, movie plots and song lyrics. If I had to describe what good writing is, I would say that the words on the pages are magic. In several fantasy books and movies words also manipulate magic to preform spells, but the most important thing is to take the reader on an adventure without them doubting that it wasn’t real. How many readers wish that they could attend Hogwarts, being a fairy, or imagine themselves as a character in X-Men or Agents of shield? Fight the bad guy? Be the bad guy? This is where the writing should take people. Last year, I believe that MUSH accomplished this. It is my goal to help make that happen again this year.

I am a Lord of the Rings fan (of the books and movies). The trilogy is collectively a very beautiful piece of art. The books are more of a difficult read, but they are too entertaining. I really love Pippin’s song in The Return of the King, written by Billy Boyd. Boyd plays the role of Pippin, a Hobbit. His song is being sung as the Steward of Gondor’s last son is riding to a very eminent death. (If you haven’t seen or read The Lord of the Rings, I also recommend it.) The dialog is quick and brainy and is always a pleasure to hear.

Now more people watch movies nowadays than read. they are looking at the art of the CGI and the director’s camera angles to give the viewer a better perspective of the emotions of the characters. I think it be really interesting if MUSH could get more 3-D computer animation snap shots. It could be a really cool and new addition to MUSH.

I like anything that sparks my interest. A few poem authors, to name a few (so it doesn’t look like I threw off the greats entirely), I like Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and William Shakespeare. Witty, new, and original, and unfortunately all I really know for now. I’m planning on branching out. senior pic

Dylan Genrich

Hi, I’m Dylan and a sophomore at UWMC this year. I was going to be a MUSH editor last year, but I missed out the first semester and so decided that I would rather become an editor this year, to get the whole experience. I guess I’ll say a little bit about myself. Since I was a kid, I was always surrounded by literature, whether my mom was reading me the latest exploits of Harry Potter, or I was fabricating my own little stories. I can remember them, cramped words on lined paper, hastily slapped and stapled together, with indiscernible illustrations scrawled on the bottom. They were my first attempt at storytelling. Now though, my preferences have changed, and I know what to look for in writing. I really love fiction, and personally find it the most interesting of the genres. I always like to read whatever fantastical stories people conjure up. I like to look for a good blend of everything in what I read but look especially for small details I didn’t know I wanted to know. I feel like they tie the story together. I’m also familiar with poetry, and though I don’t know it as well as prose, I find the occasional dark poem to be an entertaining work of art.

Here are some more tidbits about me:
-My favorite book series include Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Rangers Apprentice and Pendragon.
-My favorite shows are The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and anything Anime.
-My favorite bands are Rise against, Iron Maiden, and Thousand Foot Krutch.
I look forward to seeing some great submissions!


Haley Whitehouse

Everything I read, watch or listen to become material that I use to put into any pieces that I write. I love to read romance and fantasy books. Fantasy books allow me to escape the real world and explore a whole new world. Reading just paints vivid images in my head and I can never wait to pick up my next “movie.” Movies are a great way to help a writer, like me, figure out how characters can develop and how we can portray a character. Some movies that I recommend are Avatar, The Hunger Game Series and Dirty Dancing. Some of the shows I watch are, NCIS(all of them), Criminal Minds and I love watching Animal Planet. I also use music to help come up with creative words and phrases. I love listening to country, pop, hip-hop, rap and I only listen to classical music if I am doing readings for classes. Some of my favorite songs are “House Party” by Sam Hunt ( and “Kick the Dust Up” by Luke Bryan(

Besides watching TV and reading books, I also love reading pieces of prose and poetry, so I hope we have the chance to read many submissions of both kinds. Funny pieces are great to read, but so are serious pieces. For MUSH I hope we obtain a wide variety of each. One prose and poem that I enjoyed from last years issue of MUSH are The Ghost of Weatherfield Community Pool and the poem Live. I wish that many people submit this year and I hope my fellow editors submit also because everyone deserves a chance to have their work produced. I look forward to reading all the submissions and working on MUSH this year. Ready, Set, Submit!

Jessica G. Tidwell

I love reading various categories of books. I have a strong passion to advance my knowledge by reading different kinds of work. When looking at the ranges of works, I usually look for a message that others miss and the true beauty that outlines behind the skillful work.
In movies, photos, or anything related to art, I am very open minded. Anything has the chance to grab my attention. There are all different types of experiences that lie within the work and it is truly amazing to be able to share the attractiveness of all the above.
Additionally, I love to write and share stories from my own experiences. Two more creativity affections that I partake in are painting and photography. Painting is my hobby, but my favorite to pertain in is sketching any observations I view with my eyes and with a simple click from a camera. I am lucky to capture the situation taking place and to share the beauty from painting and photography with others.
One in a life time moment that is taking place with a simple click with a camera or the picture to help demonstrate to others the views that I saw and be able to share the image with them.
I love viewing mostly everything for the true beauty that lines in the message within photography, stories, poems, art work, etc… I am looking forward to contributing in MUSH Magazine.

Grant Woller

I’m honored to be this year’s editor in chief. I’m already a published MUSH submitter, my piece, “The Artful Dickens,” was in last year’s issue. I make comedy sketches and the occasional screenplay or short story.

When I’m not making my own stuff, I enjoy authors such as Neil Gaiman, Charles Dickens, and Terry Pratchett.

I read a lot of comic books too, particularly Batman and Spider-Man, as well as anything by Grant Morrison or Brian Bendis.

For movies and TV, it doesn’t get any better than Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers’ and ‘Firefly,’ the Russos and Dan Harmon’s ‘Community,’ or the Coen brothers.

As mentioned, I’m an avid film buff, and I tend to look for detailed atmosphere, vivid imagery, rounded, developed characters, and quirky twists in a lot of what I read. Of course, as one can infer from my diverse media log, I have been known to enjoy pieces with many other qualities at the forefront as well.

Above all, with the help of the staff and our talented submitters, I hope this issue of MUSH is a memorable oneGRANT

Snapshots of a Daughter in Law: Adrienne Rich

Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law by Adrienne Rich is a poem which features a scattered time-line and multiple subjects. These varying points of view branch from an aged mother-in-law, a young daughter, and more abstract subjects. These seemingly disjointed viewpoints and segments are arranged in a way which provides the reader a cohesive story of an individual opposing an existing patriarchal society and embracing feminism.

Although Rich presents the story in a way that makes it seem as though the reader is the main subject, “You were once a belle in Shreveport…” (568) the story actually follows the daughter of the older woman. A younger character, easily linked to new schools of thought that may directly or indirectly oppose established order, serves as a more relatable avatar for readers. Rich appears to be encouraging people to take up the mantle of feminism in this work, and providing a revolutionary young of age protagonist may more easily reach the type of reader she hopes to reach.

With this in mind, it is understood that the development of the main character, and thus the development of the thematic idea, begins at the end of the first section, labeled 1. The line, “Nervy, glowering, your daughter/wipes the teaspoons, grows another way.” (570) shows Rich utilizing powerful vocabulary, specifically the word ‘glowering’, to signify a discontent towards a specific entity. In this case it is the daughter’s discontent towards her mother-in-law. This displeasure towards an existing system is what begins the character’s development arc and thus the development of the poem’s message.

A great amount of conflict is introduced in section 3, continuing the idea of opposition between an existing system and a younger entity. The first stanza of this section presents images of stately household items and aged flora, objects which draw to mind established wealth and ‘old-money’. Particularly the ‘steamer-trunk of tempora and mores” (569). Both the object, a steamer trunk, and the latin words for times and customs, are representative of aged institutions. The second stanza shows a rebellion against that, when two women are locked in argument. This stanza shows violent imagery of knives thrust into backs, and the two participants are described as Furies of ancient greek lore. Also, old imagery is scattered throughout the second stanza. adjective such as ‘rusted’ and ‘old’ are used to describe objects, and the use of ancient Greek mythology lends an old and powerful air to the stanza.

Section 6 can be viewed as the fear and hesitation that may be faced upon the journey that Rich is describing. The second stanza of the section compares the main character to a bird in a cage, “Poised, trembling and unsatisfied, before/an unlocked door, that cage of cages,/

tell us, you bird…”(570). This comparison casts the main character in a timid light.Vocabulary such as ‘trembling’ and specifying that the door is unlocked, that the only thing preventing the bird from freedom is the bird’s desire or capabilities, carries the air of a challenge. Rich uses section 6 to construct a ‘call to action’ for the main character. A series of questions at the end of the stanza seem to serve as a method of egging on of the main character, questioning if she would be worthy of the opportunities she is considering fighting for. This self-doubt as well as jeering challenge serves to demonstrate the importance of being absolute in one’s convictions. Rich hopes to demonstrate that it would be useless to take up the challenge if one lacks certainty.

The end of the poem, section 10, shows the culmination of all the efforts and challenges that have been faced in the earlier stanzas, and concludes our character’s development. The reader is given images of a majestic figure, strong action words which provoke thoughts of battle, and a final stanza that gives a sense of community to the struggle of the poem’s main character. The lines, “Well,/she’s long about her coming, who must be more merciless to herself than history.” grants the reader an image of a powerful woman, and stands in strong juxtaposition to descriptions presented at the beginning of the poem, such as a woman whose mind molds away like cake. Also the lines, “I see her plunge/… her fine blades making the air wince.” (572) show an individual who is imbued with a will to fight for themselves and their own standing in the world. This line can also be contrasted with the beginning of the poem, where our main character is shown wiping teaspoons and performing household chores. This drastic change from servant to warrior encapsulates the message of the poem, one must be willing to struggle for equality, especially against great forces. The final stanza, “but her cargo/no promise then:/ delivered/palpable/ours.” (572) conveys the message that the struggles experienced by our main character are indicative of the struggles faced by women in general, linking ‘her’ (the main character’s) to ‘ours’ (being those Rich shares a gender commonality with). This linkage serves as an ultimatum of sorts from Rich to her readership, seemingly stating that it is a common struggle, and that the efforts of one can help the situation of all.

There is little doubt that Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law carries with it themes of feminism, and discusses issues faced by a woman living in a patriarchal society. However, where one may see only a disjointed and unorganized view of many facets and schools of thought often associated with feminism, there is actually a cohesive and overarching plot which details challenges, expectations, and explanations of what one may do to become a feminist.