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A Word from the Editor-in-Chief

Hello, blog-readers!  I’m Olivia Ryckman, Tributaries’ 2022 Editor-in-Chief. I’m from the small town of Connersville, Indiana. I graduated from IU East in December 2020 with my BA in English with a concentration in Creative...


Why I Stopped Valuing the New York Times Bestseller List

By Makena Marshall // As a kid, dreaming of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always wanted to write a famous book, one that everyone had read, was reading, or was about to read. As I got older, I noticed all the books I read had been on the “NYTBSL.” I loved these books, so I quickly made this list my goal—that is, until I discovered The Selection series by Kiera Cass.


Missing the Holiday Season? Five Must-Read Poems & Books to Take You Back

By Mara Cobb // As the fiction editor of Tributaries, and as an English major, there is nothing that I like better than settling down in the winter with a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate, and a good book. For me, Christmas books and poems, though, rise above the rest of my reading list each November and December. Here, I’ve compiled a list of five of my favorite Christmas stories and poems. There’s something for everyone’s literary taste here. So, grab that blanket and your favorite cocoa mug and settle in for a long winter’s read!


Always a Reader Out There

By Travis Lang // Talking to people is scary—hearing what they have to say is even scarier. Yet this is the life of a literary journalist, and their stories help unravel mysteries and entertain the bored soul. As an IUE sports broadcaster and radio journalist, I understand these concepts, and I want to see how others put their skills into action. Here are a few things I’m looking for in literary journalism submissions.