With spring blooming outside our rooms and Zoom windows, we at Vertigo are proud to present our annual spring issue; the issue where our writers paint stories with their words, where artists craft worlds with their hands. The inspiration for our issue this year was Pentimento, which represents layer upon layer of hard work, frustration and inspiration that our writers and artists harness and pour into their craft.
These past few months have been abuzz with Vertigo activities, meetings, and events. We spend meetings collaborating with other members and honing our skills, but also flooding the chat with praise and love for our fellow clubmates’ pets. With April Fool’s, we indulged in wackiness and fun. Our first Open Mic gave us the exciting opportunity to hear our writers’ and artists’ creativity out loud, to feel the emotions and passion they imbued in their work. We held our second Spring Contest, where we got to enjoy the talent and creativity of our community. Outside of Wednesday meetings, we share our rewritten pieces, bond through workshops, and gush over cat pictures. At Vertigo, we celebrated our passion for art together.
So come and strip back layer after layer of poetry, prose, artwork. Meet immortals, androids, and detectives. Witness friendships that last forever and those that are fraying fast at the seams, as well as those who face the world alone. Trek through sandy dunes, see our bones, cook onions with us. More characters and worlds and stories wait for you to explore.
We give you Pentimento, and we hope you enjoy.
Vertigo Editors (20-21)
Table of Contents
august – Isabelle Lee, Kelly Yeh
A Letter – Loren Yelluas, Michelle Jiang
blood-red – Alisa Lu, Jennifer Lee
Celia – Riya Abiram
charmspeak – Akshara Taraniganty
for what? – Matthew Lu, Phyllis Lee
Gold, Silver, Bronze Bronze Bronze – Lillian Fu, Joy Song
Human Being – Jeffrey Lee, Livia Zhu
Our Painting – Melissa Chen, Ronald Sit
scaffold – Helina Li, Alice Lu
The Committee Of Capture, Knowledge, and Management of Intelligent Life Forms – Jiatian Yuan, Audrey Wong
The Last – Sophie Guan, Katherine Cui
The Mommy – Elizabeth Cheng, Grace Lu
the rule of thirds – Alisha Bose, Catherine Li
No Rest for the Wicked – Michelle Zhu, Joy Song
There is Quiet – Suphala Nibhanupudi, Julia Wang
thoughts of people and onions, and their layers – Kyrsten Su, Sophia Wu
To Feel Within the Void – Kaylia Mai, Christy Yu
Vassal – Ethan Lin, Christy Yu
Voyager – Flora Huang, Kristin Zhao
da vinci’s song – Ria Chaudhary, Kristin Zhao
This feeling – Lina Mezerreg
The Children’s Table* – Stella Lin
ache* – Manasi Ganti
she’s wearing sunglasses (and now she can’t see the colors)* – Isha Shah
Ode to Futility* – Keshav Kannan
*winner or runner-up of Vertigo’s annual contest