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     Hello and welcome to the Licton Springs Review! The LSR is an annual publication that showcases the best poetry, fiction, essays, photography and fine art produced by students, staff, faculty and alumni of North Seattle Community College. To find out more about us or to submit work just follow this link to our home website.

     This website is an Online version of our current 2013 edition. Here you can find all the work which appears in the Magazine divided into categories for your convenience, though we also have a PDF of the full publication available for download in the Magazine section which you can find at the top of the page. If you want to gain the most out of this website we suggest you look over our Help section.

     Finally below you will find a few items from the opening section of the magazine starting off with a letter from our Editor.

     Metaphors allow us to interpret our world. We all use them. For example, “I’m feeling down today,” or “You’re a peach!” We can relate to even the most literal story because we translate it to our own experience. Literature and art provide us with fresh metaphors, textual and visual, which we interpret and add to our understanding of the world.
     Here are my interpretations of a couple of the many memorable metaphors printed in this book:
     “A broken wing…is more/ like a lung. Or a heart,” equates the significance of a broken wing and the loss of freedom, love, or even life.
     “Very quiet, very organized, lots of drawers/…/Many lights, but seems dark,” speaks of the pragmatic yet confounding nature of death and bureaucracy.
     This magazine is full of insightful artists and authors sharing their own metaphors. I invite you to take it out drinking, visit a windswept plateau, maybe a circus, wake sprawled on the floor, and draw your own conclusions about what happened. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)

Xoe Amer
Managing Editor


     In addition to being published in the LSR each year contributors can win The Marcia Barton Awards. These awards were instituted in 2003 and are awarded annually to contributors who excel in the categories of poetry, non-fiction, fiction and visual art. Marcia Barton, now a retired English instructor, founded the Licton Springs Review in 1995.

2013 Marcia Barton Award Winners
Adam P. Maubach
“When This is Over”

Georgia Brown
“Love Like an Orange”

Tim Weinmann
“The Way-Back”
Visual Art
Hannah Kim
“Cloth Drawing”

Loft Contest Winners

Essay 2013
Bonnie McLaughlin
“Hoi an to Phnom Phenh
to Elsewhere”
Poetry 2012
Xoe Amer
“Night as Frontier””


     Thank you to President Mark Mitsui, Mary Ellen O’Keeffee, Alison Stevens, The Student Advisory Council, Janet Hoppe-Leonard, Amy LaZerte, Sam Bayne and the rest of the IT Department, the janitorial staff, Tony Sittner and the Highline Community College print shop, Amanda Lopez-Castanon, Amanda Knowles, Dan Tarker, John Newman , Lindsey Walker, Georgia Brown, Johanna Lundhal, Thai Nguyen, Naomi Beecroft, Kira Fitzpatrick, Esete Endeshaw, Novita Heryanti, Stephanie Smith, Daivia Newbold, Miranda Gaskin, Lauren Davis, Gregory Both and the NSCC Art Group, Kelda Martensen, Christina Scheuer, Melissa Grinley, Mark Meyer, Gregory November, Molly Tenenbaum, John Figge, James Braden, Elizabeth Dent, Jim Jewell, Maureen Nutting, Julie McNalley, Earl Sedlik, Karen Sandy, J.C. Clapp, Stephen Condit, Cecilia Kiely, Frank Garcia, Shawn Peterson, Brian Palmer, Steven Quig, Neil Eddington, Shreve Eddington, and Wayne Eddington. Thanks also to 80’s music, snacks, squirrels, naps, moms, collaborative technology (love it and hate it), the advice of casual bystanders (professional and otherwise), senses of humor, love and persistence, coffee and tea, amusing spam mail, and you. We sincerely appreciate the positive support and encouragement of our community at NSCC.

     Special thanks to our staff advisor extraordinaire, Tracy Heinlein, and in memory of her father and brother, Colonel W.H. Heinlein and Bill Heinlein, respectively.