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.

Editorial Staff

Pic0013Steph Beckner, Editor-in-Chief

Steph Beckner is a freelance writer and editor. She has been published in Tributaries with both poetry and creative nonfiction pieces. Her work “The Emotional Obituary of My Son: PTSD and the Scars of War” was selected as Runner-Up, 2015 Prize for Nonfiction. She plans to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing as she continues her career of writing and teaching.

Sara Baxter, Poetry EditorPortrait of Sara Baxter. Caucasian female with red hair and glasses.

Sara Baxter is a graduate student at IU East studying English with a focus on poetry and teaching. Her poems are published in Tributaries: A Journal of Creative Arts (2016) and Z Publishing’s Indiana’s Best Emerging Poets.




Wes Smith, Nonfiction Editor


Wes Smith is a 15 year Army veteran who served in, and after, Desert Storm. He is the father of five and a grandfather. He loves reading science fantasy, poetry, and historical non-fiction. He is working on his Master’s degree in English and working on his first chapbook of war poetry and a science fantasy novel.

Coty Barrett, Fiction EditorPhoto of Coty Barrett. Medium length, dark haired male with blue t-shirt. Standing on a coast by a lighthouse.

Coty Barrett is a senior English student at IU East with a focus in Creative Writing. His poems “Philanthropy” and “Vegetables” have been published in the Tributaries journal of the creative arts. His nonfiction piece “Elementary, Dear Watson” and poetry collection “Family” have also been accepted at the International Sigma Tau Delta Conference, where he has presented his work. In addition to taking classes, he currently works as a fiction editor for Tributaries and a consultant at the IU East Writing Center.

Rowen Perkins, Visual Arts EditorPhoto of Rowen Perkins. Caucasian female with long red hair. Depicts location as high in a tower with trees and sky in the background. Perkins is sticking her head out the window.

Rowen Perkins is a sophomore at IU East majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design. She is a member of the Honors Program, a Peer Mentor, and a Writing Center Consultant. Her artwork has won first place in painting and second best in show at the Wayne County High School Art Exhibition and was included in the Whitewater Valley Art Competition. Rowen loves working with graphite, colored pencil, ink, acrylic, and oils, focusing on portraiture.

Brian Brodeur, Faculty Advisor12798917_10153264199746755_4296214851986866796_n

Brian Brodeur is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University East. He is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes (2012) and Other Latitudes (2008), as well as the poetry chapbooks Local Fauna (2015) and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (2007). New poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Hopkins Review, Measure, River Styx, Southwest Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Founder and coordinator of the Veterans Writing Workshop of Richmond, Indiana, and the digital archive “How a Poem Happens,” Brian lives with his wife and daughter in the Whitewater River Valley.