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

Rowen Perkins, Editor-in-ChiefPhoto 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 Senior at IU East majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in Marketing. She is also 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, oils, and digital media, focusing on portraiture.



Ally Pate, Managing Editor, Poetry Editor

Ally Pate is a junior pursuing her BS in Psychology at IU East. She currently works at TJ Maxx in Richmond, IN, as a Customer Experience Coordinator but hopes to earn her Master’s in Psychology to become a clinical psychologist. A member of the newly-founded Animals & Earth Club at IUE, Ally loves to hike, read, draw, knit, and express herself through makeup in her free time.



Mara Cobb, Nonfiction Editor

Mara Cobb is a senior at IU East majoring in English, Technical, and Professional Writing. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Her work has appeared in Encounter, Pockets, Devozine, and the IUE newspaper, The Howler. She is also a journalist and website manager for her local newspaper. In her free time, Mara enjoys reading, writing fiction novels, playing piano, and baking. She lives on a farm with her family and their numerous dogs, cats, goats, horses, chickens, and fish.



Daniel Arthur, Photographer

Daniel is a Junior at IU East with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. On campus, he is an SI Leader for various English courses. Over the summer of 2018, Daniel worked on a selection of poetry for his upcoming chapbook, “The Barn on Manning Road.” He plans to continue revising and editing these poems and eventually wants to submit them to poetry journals and magazines across the country.



Olivia Ryckman, Fiction Editor

Olivia Ryckman is a junior majoring in creative writing and minoring in technical and professional writing. In April 2019, she presented her analysis of Virginia Woolf’s “The Angel of the House” at Indiana University Intercampus Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Research Conference. When not writing, she is working at her local cinema and as a writing consultant at IU East’s Writing Center. She enjoys reading, attending church, singing, and fangirling over Marvel.




Brian Brodeur, Faculty Advisor

Brian Brodeur is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University East. He is the author of five poetry collections, including Every Hour Is Late (2019) and chapbook Local Fauna (2015). New poems and essays appear in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Hopkins Review, Kenyon Review, Times Literary Supplement, 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.


Staff Readers

Jason Forbes

Bailey Gilliam

Travis Lang