Founded in the Fall of 2012, The Streetcar is in its sixth year on the main campus of Mississippi State. As an extension of the Shackouls Honors College, the College of Arts & Sciences, and Mississippi State University, we are proud to be the first and only Creative Arts Journal on campus. The Streetcar Staff this year is very excited to print the fifth issue of our journal. Our staff is a diverse group, just like the students at Mississippi State.
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Morgan Hydrick
Morgan is a senior English and Communications double major from Pearl, MS. While she isn’t certain about where she wants to go or what she wants her career to be, she is sure about her love for poetry and literature as well as her newfound desire to travel. When she is not critiquing literature or debating the merits of the Oxford comma, Morgan works as a writing tutor for the Bagley College of Engineering. She is best known for her ability to make small, uninteresting situations seem like major stories and her willingness to force all of her friends to listen to these exaggerated accounts. She is also a lover of SEC football and will always try to contribute something to a football-related conversation if it comes up. Her ultimate goal is to one day look back on her college years and feel like she didn’t waste a single second of them.
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Robert Frey
Robert is a senior from Jackson, Mississippi. He is double majoring in Economics and History, though he isn’t sure yet where those will take him—undoubtedly somewhere adventurous. He enjoys running, reading, and the occasional chess game; just don’t ask him to watch reality TV. Robert, a lover of old artifacts and a dabbler in the Classics, is always up for a discussion over a tall glass of chocolate milk. If you want to find him, check the library or send up a smoke signal.
Fiction Editor, Alex Grace Hendon
Alex is a sophomore Communications-Journalism major, foodie at heart, and lover of all things blues and 1960s French. She is a dog enthusiast and farmer’s market hound with a pipedream of working for Bon Appetite one day.
Poetry Editor, Katelyn Vance
Katelyn is a senior English and Philosophy major at MSU. She’s from Olive Branch, Mississippi and went to OBHS for high school. She plans to study American science fiction in graduate school. Eventually, Katelyn hopes to be an English literature professor in a state where winter lasts longer than two weeks. Katelyn’s favorite poet is Pablo Neruda and her favorite prose writer is Margaret Atwood. Her favorite poetic form to write in is the ode and she wishes more people would submit their own odes to the Streetcar this year.
Art Editor, Jenna Mosier
Jenna is a senior in biomedical engineering from Arlington, TN, and this is her fourth year on staff with The Streetcar. Jenna works in two labs on campus, in the toxicology and biomedical engineering department. When she’s not in the lab or working on a paper, you can find her either painting on a patio with acup of tea or taking pictures of the clouds. She fell in love with poetry at a young age and tries to write as much as possible in her free time, and has more books than she has time to read. After graduation, Jenna hopes to one day get her PhD in bioengineering and work in research and academia.
Nonfiction Editor, Ciarra Smith
Ciarra is a junior Biochemistry major whose home state is “the South.” While she adores all things science, her first love always has been literature. In her efforts to bridge her passions, she dreams of storytelling neuroscience in a manner similar to that of The Great Oliver Sacks while simultaneously script writing for a children’s animation company. It’ll all work out, she promises!
Gentry is a junior from Los Angeles, CA. She is majoring in English and history, and despite what everyone thinks, she does not want to be a teacher. She one day dreams to attend graduate school where she will continue her lively debates with anyone who wants to talk literature. In her spare time she enjoys all things musical and in the future wishes to pursue a career in it. She knows nothing about football, but thoroughly enjoys banging her cowbell around because it is a wonderful stress reliever.
Public Relations Officer, Danielle Stratman
Danielle is a senior earning her degree in English with a minor in Marketing. When she graduates in May 2017, she plans to earn her master’s in Marketing and hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry afterwards. Growing up with a dad in the Navy and having to move every two years gave her a love for experiencing new places, and she wants to move to a city like Boston or Chicago after leaving graduate school. When she’s not binge watching Gilmore Girls, she enjoys hiking and going to concerts. Her greatest passion, though, is training and competing in equestrian sport, something she’s pursued since the age of four.
Production Assistant, Allyson Payne
Allyson Payne is a sophomore Psychology major from Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys long walks on the beach and apparently working with InDesign on the library computers. In her free time she binges Netflix and attempts to get through her “Books I Should Probably Read” list. When she grows up she wants to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology and move to New York City, but will probably end up still in Mississippi as a cat lady.
Copyeditor, Joy Carino
Joy is a sophomore English major from Starkville, MS, who thinks the human capacity for language is the most beautiful thing in the world. She enjoys reading anything philosophy related, plays the ukulele to relieve stress, and loves music. In her free time, she plays the violin for a hip-and-cool band called Celery Teeth and plays Sudoku. Overall, a surefire way to get to her heart is to buy her bubble tea or a milkshake.
Katherine is a senior English major and enjoys listening to music, spending long days at coffee shops, and exploring in the wild. She loves cats, all other animals, and also people and food. A book that changed Katherine’s life is Old Man and the Sea. One day, she will explore the Parisian catacombs and learn to blow a smoke ship like Gandalf. In a utopian society designed by Katherine that defied certain scientific laws, it would always be winter, late fall, or early spring unless one wanted to swim outside; coffee, ice cream, and quesadillas would be free; everyone would have what they needed including an exotic animal best friend; and some would be floating because gravity would be optional. We will now end with a short quote from Katherine, “Submit to the Streetcar.”
Alicia is a sophomore chemical engineering major from Petal, Mississippi who is also pursuing minors in political science and economics because she finds a lifetime of steel-toed shoes and hard hats to be rather uninspiring. When she is not holed-up in Swalm doing thermodynamics homework, Alicia can be found running around the lake at inappropriate hours, spending too much money at Sonic, or watching movie musicals with her roommates. Her passions include pursuing the perfect coffee-cream ratio, wearing Monsters Inc. Band-Aids to professional functions, and buying random decorations at antique stores. In her first year as a staff member, Alicia most looks forward to being required to read something other than engineering textbooks and lab reports on a regular basis, and she is excited at the opportunity to promote two of her favorite things, poetry and visual art, on campus.
Chatham Kennedy is a freshman from Brandon, Mississippi. She is an English and Social Work double major who plans to pursue a career in global missions. In her free time, Chatham enjoys playing the ukulele, running, and watching Gilmore Girls. She is a lover of Broadway and performing on stage.
Madison is a sophomore Industrial Engineering major from Vicksburg, MS. She can often be found napping in the Chapel of Memories, studying in 929, reading, or petting her (roommate’s) cat. Madison loves music of any kind (feel free to send her music suggestions), and her favorite soft drink is Vanilla Coke Zero over crushed ice.
Lindsay is a senior at MSU, originally from a tiny river town called Vicksburg (to which she attributes her love of jazz-age poetry and coffee). She is majoring in English and Journalism, but most days she feels like she is interested in everything in the whole wide world. When she is not staking out in coffee shops, she is probably in the sunshine reading a book or taking portraits of people at Golden Hour. While she hopes to have her photos or writing published one day, she is content with reminding all people — even herself — that all stories matter, so we must keep telling them. In her attempt to be inspirational, she leaves us with this: do hard things, love people well, and have gratitude always.
Rebecca Van Pamel
Rebecca is a sophomore English and Psychology double-major from Huntsville, Alabama. In her rare time not spent psychoanalyzing her friends for a “class assignment” or writing papers, Rebecca enjoys making questionable fashion choices, petting the local cat population, reading Stephen King novels, and writing bad prose fiction. If you need her, Rebecca is probably at a thrift store, getting another tattoo, or napping in inappropriate places around campus.
P.S. Legend has it that if you stand in front of a dark mirror at night and say “Who’s a good boy?” three times, Rebecca will appear to tell you that her cat Al is a good boy.
Stone is a Fashion Merchandising major also aiming for a minor in Psychology. Hailinf from Mississippi, Florida, and Arkansas, she isn’t sure where to tell people she’s from. She loves travel, climbing trees, watching way too many documentaries, her cat, calling her mom multiple times a day, fashion, and all things creative. She’s a big environmentalist, and won’t hesitate to preach about all the awesome places and creatures that are worth protecting. She has absolutely no idea where she aims to end up in life, only that she’s doing her best to get there and enjoying every second of it.
Kylie graduated in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s in English and minors in Psychology and Gender Studies. She regards her work as a Co-Editor-in-Chief for The Streetcar as one of her most important and formative experiences at MSU. She hopes that the journal will always continue to expand the reach of creative arts on campus and provide a collaborative space for students of all disciplines. Kylie is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature at Rutgers University. She loves sewing, spotting rabbits, and traversing moorland.
Molly Beckwith Gutman
Molly graduated from MSU in 2015. She is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Nevada-Reno, where she finds herself inadvertently writing story after story about cannibalism. When she graduates in 2018, she plans to pursue her PhD. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in journals such as The New Mexico Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review Online, and Mid-American Review.
Cameron graduated in May of 2015 with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. In addition to his work as the non-fiction editor of The Streetcar, he also worked as a writer and editor for The Reflector, focusing largely on science writing. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Nuclear and Particle Physics at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island. He loves to watch movies and read in his spare time.
Belle graduated from MSU in 2015, but apparently couldn’t get enough of Starkville, because she stuck around to get her MA in English/Creative Writing from State as well. She’ll finish that program in May 2017, and hopes to continue on to a Ph.D. program to continue her study of Creative Writing. Maybe she’ll become the head of her own program of study at a university someday! Maybe she’ll abandon it all to train jump like a hobo. Stay tuned.
S. Kate Thompson
Since graduation, Kate has enrolled in veterinary school at North Carolina State University where she is studying to be a small animal neurologist. Her love for poetry and short stories continues to grow and she hopes one day to publish her own book. She currently lives in Raleigh with her giant dog of questionable pedigree and unrefined manners.
Anna graduated in May 2014 with a BFA in Graphic Design. She was the graphic designer for the first edition of The Streetcar. Now, she works at DPM Fragrance (the local Starkville company that owns Aspen Bay on Main Street!) as the Lead Graphic Designer. She also owns her own freelance design company, Evergreen Creative Co. A travel junkie, she is always on the road and up for new adventures. Anna is always searching for ways to live creatively no matter what she is doing.
Hannah graduated in May 2014 with a B.A. in English and Foreign Languages with a minor in History. She is one of the co-founders of The Streetcar. After graduation in May, she hopes to get a dual-degree in Law and a M.A. in English to eventually work with non-profit organizations– she thinks, now, at least. She’s a self-professed Virginia Woolf addict, has a slight obsession with Julie Taymor films, and survives primarily on iced coffee.
Daniel is, first and foremost, in love with Mississippi, its people, writers and artists. He graduated in May 2014 with a B.A. in English, a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate, and, in a perfect world, a minor in architecture. He recently applied to serve in the Mississippi Teacher Corps following graduation and he cannot wait to see where the next years of his life lead him. He is generally happy and excited, but he is always happy and excited about The Streetcar, which he hopes becomes a torch for MSU students to bear and display their hard-won creative work.
Donald graduated in May 2014 with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He is one of the co-founders of The Streetcar, and is also the President of the Philosophy and Religion Club and Golden Key Honor Society. After getting his undergraduate degree, he plans on getting his doctorate in English in hopes of becoming an English professor. He loves playing tennis in his spare time, as well as reading and writing.