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

Olivia Ryckman, Editor-in-Chief

Olivia Ryckman is an MA English candidate at IU East. She graduated in December 2020 with a BA in English-Creative Writing and a minor in Technical and Professional Writing. Her work appears in the Johns Hopkins University Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium Journal, and in the Journal of Student Research at IU East. When not writing, she is working as a writing consultant at IU East’s Writing Center. She enjoys reading, attending church, singing, and fangirling over Marvel and Taylor Swift.



Mara Cobb, Managing Editor

Mara Cobb is a graduate student pursuing her MA in English at IU East. She graduated in 2020 with her BA in English, Professional, and Technical Writing. Mara’s creative work and journalistic pieces have been published over forty times in various magazines and newspapers. 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, and chickens that live on her family’s farm.


Camma Duhamel, Fiction Editor

Camma Duhamell is a junior majoring in English with a focus on technical and professional writing. She is considering a minor in Creative Writing to further her passion for writing creative nonfiction. Camma is a full-time distance-education student but spends much of her time playing with her daughter. She loves to study literature and foreign languages and hopes to pursue a career as an editor. In her free time, Camma enjoys knitting, reading fantasy and historical fiction, and getting outside with friends


Lindsay Osborn, Nonfiction 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.

Rahil Najafabadi, Poetry Editor & Visual Arts Editor

Rahil Najafabadi is a distance-education student earning her B.A. in English, Technical and Professional Writing at IU East. She is a painter and visual artist based in New York City. When not studying or creating art, she enjoys visiting galleries and museums.



Jason Forbes, Copyeditor

Jason Forbes is a nontraditional senior seeking his B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Concentration at IU East. He completed his Associate of Science in Liberal Arts, Cum Laude, from Ivy Tech Community College, and certainly a master’s and doctoral degree are on the not-too-distant horizon. When not schooling, working, or parenting, he enjoys a myriad of activities including reading, writing, home improvement, movies, gaming, landscaping, hiking, camping, motorcycle touring, and pretty much anything else outdoors. He has larger writing projects he hopes to complete and publish someday, but a recent affection for writing poetry and short stories.



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