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Arrow Rock is committed to promoting and providing a mature environment for Lindenwood University students to publish quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, plays, and artwork while showcasing the integrity and the individual talents of each writer or artist.

The staff and contributors of Arrow Rock strive to produce a literary journal that interests and inspires.

13th Edition – 2021

 

Arianna Amann is a junior at Lindenwood University. She is an English major with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. In her free time, Arianna enjoys watching Youtube videos and exploring her craft. Pre-Covid, Arianna enjoyed traveling and spending large amounts of time in bookstores, sitting on the floor, reading books, and gushing over plushies. When she’s not working on her school work, she’s checking out the local food scene with her friends and family. Arianna has a foodstagram. Check her out! Her username is SheEatsStL.

Jesse Basler graduated from St. Charles Community College with an AA degree and a Certificate of Creative Writing in 2017. Jesse is currently a senior in pursuit of her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with a minor in Creative Writing. She will be graduating fall 2021. Jesse currently works at Main Street Marketplace. Her first published story was “Dust Bunny” (published in her St. Charles Community College magazine, Mid River’s Review, 2017). Jesse`s first published children`s book at age 22 was “My Slippery Escape” on Amazon in 2018. She published another children`s book, “The Adventurous Book Worms” in 2020.  Currently, she is working on her third children`s book scheduled to come out in May 2021, which continues the story of “My Slippery Escape.” Additionally, Jesse loves frogs and basset hounds. She has cosplayed as Baymax, Kiki, and Batgirl among others.

Joseph Coogan is a senior at Lindenwood University, where he is working towards a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. He has been writing stories of hidden fantasy worlds and far-off galaxies since he was nine years old, and his love of fiction goes back even further. Now twenty-one years of age, he is still improving his writing, and has even branched out into poetry, regularly writing short little rhyming poems for his relatives on their birthdays. Though his main focus is in creative writing, he is also interested in other subjects such as history, biology, paleontology, political science, and the study of religion. Mr. Coogan does not yet have any works published – but that doesn’t bother him, because for Joseph, writing is its own reward.

Michael Edele s in his senior year at Lindenwood University. He is majoring in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He has been interested in Creative Writing ever since he read The Call of the Wild by Jack London in the seventh grade. He is a fan of Stephen King, Dan Brown, and Michael Crichton. He also enjoys walking his dogs, going to the movies, and playing video games. If he wouldn’t have decided to study writing he would’ve been actor in theater/movie/tv. Anybody that knows Mike knows that he is an easy going guy who is just looking for his meaning in life.

Madilynne Fischer is a Junior at Lindenwood University striving for a major in English Studies with a minor in professional communications. In her free time, Madilynne likes to lay out on the hammock and read a good book. Currently, her favorite genre is fiction/suspense/mystery. She has always loved to write and gives all the credit to her departed grandfather who was a published poet. When she isn’t writing, you can find her spending the sunny days outdoors on a hike with her Great Dane, Chase.

Victoria Lane is a senior at Lindenwood University, studying Game Design, Digital & Web Design, and Art History with minors in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Cinema Arts. Victoria writes primarily short fiction and poetry, but she aspires to be a novelist, among many other things. Her dream is to one day become a writer and Creative Director for an entertainment company, creating storytelling media like video games and film. Her pieces have been published in Lindenwood’s Creepy Campfire Stories and Arrow Rock Literary Journal, Missouri’s Emerging Writers, America’s Emerging Writers, and America’s Emerging Horror Writers: The Plains States. Aside from writing, she loves creating art, playing video games, watching films, and reading comic books. She also “collects” collections, the largest one being action figures and other comic book collectibles. She loves learning, traveling the world, and growing toward a better version of herself a little every day. Her portflio is on her personal website at victoriamlane.com.

Jazmen Lee is a Senior English Literature major with a minor in Gender Studies and is someone who has many stories living within her head that she will never write (even though she tries). She often spends her days crying over fictional characters, listening to music, and binge-watching Asian Dramas. Currently, at the moment she is obsessed with this app that she downloaded ironically not believing everyone when they told her it was addicting.  While not in school, she can be found at one of her two jobs in Louisiana trying to cope with the fact that she once again is stuck in a hot state.

Amanda May is a senior at Lindenwood. She is majoring in English Literature with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, and minoring in Journalism. Her short story, “Forget Me Not”, was published in the 2019 Creepy Campfire Stories. When she isn’t writing, she can probably be found screaming or crying (or both) about Star Wars, anime, and Florence + The Machine. Her favorite authors include Ray Bradbury, Carmen Maria Machado, V.E./Victoria Schwab, and Avi. She hopes to publish a collection of short stories in the future. 

Gia Mesz is a senior-year English major, a thirteen-year storywriter, and a constant daydreamer. Her writing is playful yet purposive, and has been described as “cheeky,” though it often speaks to the intimate experiences of the spirit. Gia is also pursuing a certificate in Intercultural Fluency (which means she’ll be relevant wherever she goes), and she speaks fluent French, as well as basic Spanish, German, and Norwegian. She recently finished her first novella, Bread of Adversity, a historical fiction piece set in WWII France. After LU, Gia would like to gain a Master’s in Linguistics. She aspires to write stories all the years of her life, and then to quietly retire to the Scottish countryside to become part of the local folklore. Support her work: https://vocal.media/authors/gia-mesz

Owen Napolitana is a senior at Lindenwood University. He is a Creative Writing English major and has returned to Arrowrock for his second time in the publishing field. He has had one piece that has been accepted but hasn’t been fully published just yet due to the Covid-19. The work is called Rosemarie and can be found in the Arrowrock Journal. During his full time at Lindenwood University, he has managed to stay on the Dean’s list. He is known for creativity in the fantasy field and world-building. He is currently working on finishing at least one of his many book ideas. He hopes to get published in the future, so he has a foot in the door to work on many of the ideas he has had since he was young.

Fernanda Poblete González is a junior English Literature- Creative writing student with a minor in History. Since she was little, she always had a big imagination, which led her to write stories all day, focusing on the mystery and suspense genre. However, she recently finished writing her first fantasy novel, inspired by the Covid pandemic. One of her pieces was published in 2020 in Lindenwood’s Creepy Campfire Stories. Fernanda is an international student from Chile who came to Lindenwood thanks to a sports scholarship in tennis. Her future goals are to study for a Master’s degree after graduation and then work in an editorial, while in her spare time, she wants to dedicate herself to working on her own creative stories to get published one day.