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Listen to Our Poets Read Their Work

It is so powerful to hear writers read their works aloud, speaking their words how they intended them to be heard and enjoyed by audiences. We’ve collected audio recordings of our poets reading their work aloud to capture their unique voices. Please enjoy and feel free to follow along with the pieces in our magazine.…
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The 2020-2021 Review Is Here

The staff of The Vanderbilt Review is ecstatic to announce that our 2020-2021 magazine is finally here! Read the incredible work by our incredible authors, poets, and artists now below.

It Begins with the Idea

by Abigail Forsythe, Poetry Staff Since I made the decision to major in film, I’ve been reading up on the best strategies for getting my foot into the door of the industry. Of course, I also had to pick one of the most difficult career paths to be successful in: screenwriting. Now, if you Google…
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Warm Revisits

by Lilly Zheng, Layout Staff I thought I knew Beijing well. The hot weather. The constant scent of car exhaust. The short breaths. The clogged lungs. I used to walk the familiar paths around my grandparents’ apartment complex, looking down along the river bank at the trash floating in the water. Sometimes, I’d even see…
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Don’t Tell Anyone You Read This

by Lauren Maresca, Poetry Staff On an episode of Book Riot (a great podcast all about book news, highly recommend), one of the co-hosts, Rebecca Joines Schinsky, presented the challenge to read a book and not tell anyone about it. To read a book and keep it a secret. She clarified not only to not…
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Eric Ponce’s Top 25 Albums of 2020

by Eric Ponce, Prose Staff Oh boy another top 25 end-of-year list and another person using self-deprecation to introduce their pretentious aesthetic preferences in listicle form. Reviews are so last millennium but music is the only good thing that happens anymore so here are some records that moved me this year. Just to save some…
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An Estimation of a Young Man

by James Blair, Prose Staff It’s odd to see yourself expressed through someone else’s eyes. So rarely do we scrutinize ourselves in our entireties: we are so often focused on a singular aspect—an outsized nose, unruly eyebrows—that when somebody reconstructs us for our own subjective viewing, we are jarred to see what they emphasize and…
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Hobbies and Phone Cases

by Angelina Chung, Art Staff With winter break, I now have ample time to relax and enjoy my hobbies. I could be watching TV shows, reading webtoons, making beaded rings, planning to bake cookies and all that fun stuff, but I decided to do something that I have been wanting to do for some time:…
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Pond Surveillance

by Parker Smith, Class of 2024 Doodling during class is more or less a tradition for me. I taught myself to draw in 4th grade social studies and haven’t stopped since. In this one (completed during an online lecture), I started with the fish in the middle and then worked outward, imagining that I was…
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Playlists to Read to

by Thanvi Dola, Prose Staff Everyone reads differently. Maybe you’re the type to work through a book for weeks, chewing on each word and turn of phrase ad nauseum. Or perhaps you like to inhale your reads, turning pages until the sun rises over their edges. Maybe you prefer reading Stephen King on a stormy…
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The Vanderbilt Review 2020/21