photographer bios

emily speck is a Broadcast major with a film minor from Cleona, Pennsylvania. Photography is a newfound love for her and she plans to continue pursing photography within videography and taking photographs.  nickie vertigan is a Graphic Design major from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Photography has always been a passion of hers and she has found many ways to …

letter from the editors

emily speck Dear Reader, In light of trying times, we learn to work with the uncontrollable and unpredictable. Essay’s 2022 edition features the creative talents of Nala Washington, Lexi McDonald, Andrea Repetz, Miles DeRosa, Emily Hizny, and many more. This edition of Essay Magazine offers a sense of connection in spite of, or because of, …

2021 masthead

jane seibert CO-EDITORS: bri murphy & abigail krautheim PRINT DESIGNERS AND CO-EDITORS: abigail krautheim & julie heaney READING BOARD HEAD: bri murphy READING BOARD: julia adams, emily hizny, olivia krise, courtney smith, devonne tourre COPYEDITORS: julia adams, emily hizny, courtney smith, devonne tourre FACULTY ADVISOR: hasanthika sirisena

issue 3

letter from the editors now i lay me down to sleep by ashley toomey i’m not depr*ssed by hannah aud five vignettes about the stages of decomposition by tyla parks masthead all the blessed stillness by ayva kunes erik kirkland memorial prize


co-editors: kelsey diven and julie heaney junior managing editor: emily harris junior design editor: haley dittbrenner email us at Learn more about Susquehanna University’s Creative Writing program here, and check out our other campus magazines For information about getting a print copy of our new pocket essay, please email the editors at