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the sky was purple

by j. g. bova and here i sit a shade of lavenderliving lavishly under the falsities offantasies left hanging among theclouds that i may someday buildstrong foundations underneath this haze of lavender but now the sky was purplehills were blue and rocks wererainbow fruity pebbles that mytastebuds yearned for and yeti live in spite of my brain tetheringclouds to unkept grounds chainingthem to grass that … Continue reading the sky was purple

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in peoria

by camryn rose the sun bobs at the horizonwhere blue rivers and winding roadsare the only connection to anywhere  you’re standing too close to a lit house which could be hers —  is it hers? — and through blue windows you watch the evening news, your face reflected in the anchor’s,a pain like the touch of ice splaying over glasswhy don’t you come back home where … Continue reading in peoria

Letter of Resignation

by Sara Pompeo Dear Gender, Email: To:  CC:  OBJECTASITREALLYIS@GMAIL.COM INTHENAMEOFSCIENCE@GMAIL.COM JUSTHEWAYITIS@GMAIL.COM  Subject: LETTER OF RESIGNATION Gender, See below. Sense of womanhood, femaleness, deceptive gender core, please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position as a female. My last day will be today, April 25th, 2022. I received an offer from Judith Butler to serve as a non-binary person, … Continue reading Letter of Resignation

Finding Community, an Evening with Naomi Shihab Nye

by Delia Cullity Although I’ve always loved language, the Salem State Writer’s Series event featuring Naomi Shihab Nye was my first time at a live poetry reading. As we waited in the brightly polished recital hall, I caught fragments of conversation from local artists, writers, and students, all drawn toward the sincerity and genuine kindness of Nye’s work. Shihab Nye’s poems are often told from … Continue reading Finding Community, an Evening with Naomi Shihab Nye


by Andrew McGlynn Imagine for a moment you are an upper-class art lover in late eighteenth-century England. You have no idea what Tik Tok is; the photograph hasn’t even been invented yet. To you, the pinnacle of beauty, the highest form of artistic truth, likely resembles Thomas Gainsborough’s Mountain Landscape With Bridge, painted in 1784.     Or perhaps your tastes prefer portraiture, in which case … Continue reading REALIENATE YOURSELF TO BEAUTY: on William Blake

Recognizing Student Graduates, Class of 2022

It’s the end of the school year! And that means warm weather, sitting outside in the sun, and riding in the car with the windows down. But for many, it also means graduation. Starting anew. To honor this transition in life, Red Skies would like to acknowledge the incredible students from the English Department that are graduating this year! Cheers to you all! Note: Students … Continue reading Recognizing Student Graduates, Class of 2022

Read Like Your Favorite Celebrity

Curated by: Rachel Pullino Over the course of the pandemic, we have all been isolated in our homes for longer than we ever anticipated or were used to. This loneliness and separation have led many, myself included, to seek alternative means of entertainment and accompaniment. As a result, books have enjoyed a renaissance in the mainstream as a means of entertainment. Tiktok, Instagram, and many … Continue reading Read Like Your Favorite Celebrity

Flash Movie Reviews

Compiled by Regan Doyle The Oscars: a night that always sparks attention, from those in designer clothes to those making their way into Hollywood Fame. This year, the Oscars were unexpected, to say the least. We were introduced to CODA, which won the Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor awards. The film also made history for being the first in which a … Continue reading Flash Movie Reviews

What do YOU listen to while you study? We want to know!

A Grad Student’s Playlist of the Best Sound Experiences while Studying By Samantha Flaherty As college students, many of us long for a so-called “unwavering focus” when it comes to our studies. We constantly hunt for this transcendent mental state, oftentimes grabbing at music to achieve it. I like to listen to lo-fi hip hop and podcasts the most, but there are plenty more to … Continue reading What do YOU listen to while you study? We want to know!

Hidden Treasure Podcast: How My Neurological Condition Helped Me Cope

Starting at the impressionable age of 11, Miranda was taught to be believe she wasn’t human. Here’s how her synesthesia helped her cope through difficult times, and how she used her senses to befriend the world. Click on the arrow to listen and follow along with the transcript. By Samantha Flaherty   SAM MIRANDA Upbeat music starts; outgoing phone call rings I’m Miranda. By the … Continue reading Hidden Treasure Podcast: How My Neurological Condition Helped Me Cope