Tributaries is a student-produced journal of creative work published at Indiana University East that offers invigorating and multifaceted fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and visual art. Our modus operandi is to do two things: showcase the talents of writers and artists whose work feeds into a universal body of creative genius while also paying tribute to the greats who have inspired us.
We accept submissions on a rolling basis and publish on an annual schedule. Each edition is edited during the academic year, which culminates with a release party in the spring. Awards are given to the best pieces submitted in the fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art categories. Tributaries is edited by undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana University East.
Mara Cobb, Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor
Mara Cobb is a graduate student pursuing her MA in English at IU East. She graduated in 2020 with her BA in English—Technical and Professional Writing. Mara’s creative work and journalistic pieces have been published over forty times in various magazines, newspapers, and, most recently, in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Christmas. She works as a tutor and as an essay specialist for high school seniors and prospective medical students. In her free time, Mara enjoys reading, writing, baking, playing piano, and hanging out with her family and the dogs, cats, goats, horses and chickens that live on her family’s farm.
Lindsay Osborn, Managing Editor
Lindsay Osborn is a junior majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Technical and Professional Writing. She also works as a student writer/copyeditor for IU East’s Office of Communications and Marketing. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, video games, and journaling.
Brian Brodeur, Faculty Advisor
Brian Brodeur is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Some Problems with Autobiography (Criterion Books, 2023), which won the 2022 New Criterion Prize, and Every Hour Is Late (Measure Press, 2019). New poems and literary criticism appear in Hopkins Review, Gettysburg Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Southern Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Brian lives with his wife and daughter in the Whitewater River Valley. He teaches creative writing and American literature at Indiana University East.
Chaney Borum, Staff Reader
Chaney Borum is a Technical and Professional writing major at Indiana University East. She enjoys reading and fiction writing. She also loves watching horror movies and spending time with her family when she has the time.