Founded in the Fall of 2012, The Streetcar is in its fifth 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 junior English and Communications double major from Pearl, MS who plans on attending graduate school after graduation. 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 serves as the Vice-Chair of Administration for the Shackouls Honors Council. 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 junior 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, Kay Fairley
Kay is a sophomore this year at MSU, originally hailing (State) from Jacksonville, Florida. She is currently a biology major, with an interest in both the studies of forensic science and medicine. Contrary to what her major might suggest, however, Kay has a wide variety of interests. Apart from haunting local coffee shops and binge watching the X-Files on Sunday nights, she believes creative writing to be her true passion in life and wishes to ultimately publish a novel. Kay strives to live every day by the ABC’s (Adventurous, Brave, Creative) and can often be found looking for her glasses in her spare time.
Poetry Editor, Thomas Quinn
Thomas is a senior Chemical Engineer with a concentration in Research and Development. He entertains a subtle love affair with modern Southern poets and rides his bike in his free time. He is currently employed as an Electrolytic Process Engineer at Tronox.
Art Editor, Jenna Mosier
Jenna is a junior in Biomedical Engineering from Arlington, TN, and this is her third year on staff with The Streetcar. While she is involved in a STEM-field major, her interests include poetry, painting, teaching, coffee, late-night cooking shows, antique teacups, and used book shops. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education and research in graduate school, though the destination is still unknown. Wherever she ends up, she hopes to one day find herself in academia, helping others find that “lightbulb moment.”
Nonfiction Editor, Ciarra Smith
Ciarra is a sophomore 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!
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.
Krissy is a senior here at Mississippi State University where she is studying mass communication with a concentration in public relations. She also serves as a marketing intern for HORNE Cyber. In her free time she enjoys reading and writing One Direction and Five Seconds of Summer fan-fiction on tumblr and binge watching various Netflix shows. Krissy’s favorite genre of books is true-crime, and her favorite writer is Ann Rule. Krissy hopes to one day be a news editor for a high end magazine in New York or just a journalist.
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, Karleigh Kimbrell
Karleigh is a senior majoring in English with the hope of never having to leave school. She would really like to write a few books and teach literature until she’s around seventy years old. In the future, she’d like to be one of those old ladies who owns six dachshunds and wears bright red lipstick everyday. Karleigh has a passion for southern literature, and she is one of those annoying people who thinks her study abroad definitely changed her life. In her free time, she can be found obsessing over fleece tights, 80s movies, and men with long hair.
Gentry is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA. She is majoring in English, 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.
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.”
Alex Gracen 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.
Katelyn is a junior English and Philosophy major at MSU. She’s from Olive Branch, Mississippi and wants to leave the state for graduate school after college. Katelyn wants to be an English professor specializing in medieval poetry, although she has a deep love for all things literature with an especially soft spot for science fiction and fantasy. Her favorite place in the world is Paris, France where she hopes to live some day in the distant future. Katelyn is a member of the Honors College, NCHS, and a former member of the Writing Center Staff. Although painfully shy, Katelyn can be surprisingly gregarious at the mere mention of her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. She dreams, above all else, to become a great writer of poetry.
Joy is a freshman English major from Starkville, MS who takes interest in poetry, all kinds of music, theater, and statistics. She enjoys reading and playing the ukulele to relieve stress, and her favorite book is Life of Pi. Her two main life goals are to create an indie band and improve the public education system.
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.