This section is dedicated to literary works such as poetry, short stories, flash fiction, fiction, and prose written by AAU students.

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Poetry

GOLDEN QUILL: “Balloon” by Lily Tillman

Balloon flying through the blue sky Duck under the clouds Welcome to a brand-new town! How hard is must have been To leave everything behind And start again! That’s what...

GOLDEN QUILL: “Rainfall” by Ján Tompkins

it’s 6:15 on a wednesday morning the rain skims my window tapping the present away I sit in bed, three-quarters awake slanted to one side regretting my very...

GOLDEN QUILL: “Candied Questions” by Bethany Kelly

Slow steps On cold asphalt As harsh reality Sinks in Empty streets Seem to amplify Every whispered Regret As shaking hands Wipe a tear From what once were Rosy cheeks Because while Stale cigarettes Mixed with Snowy air, The hopeful...

Long Reads

Ainura

The top of the sky was bright purple, gradually turning a radiant orange the lower you looked. The view of Kyrgyzstan from up on...

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The tram pulled out of the station with a jolt. The foreign passengers were caught off guard and swung wildly from the greasy handlebars....