Arts & Culture

Ninad Bhat’s “Batteries” is the winner of the Synapse Storytelling Contest Creative Writing category. The poem introduces an everyday, offhand idiom of the pandemic and turns to search for deeper meaning about stolen time, privilege, and racial injustice.
The results are in! Our judges have awarded the 12 best submissions to the Synapse Storytelling Contest by talented UCSF student writers and photographers. Find out who took the top prizes.

A spontaneous nighttime stroll through Golden Gate Park, led me to seeing the Conservatory of Flowers for the first time.

In graduate school, I started a family tradition of an annual camping trip with my mother and sister. In 2019, the three of us rented an exorbitantly expensive Jeep with a tent mounted on top and drove to Death Valley.

A healthcare institution can value art not because of explicit ties to molecular biology or anatomy but because art in itself has a role to play in bettering healthcare providers’ lives and the lives of their patients.

As I walked below the Golden Gate bridge along the chain-wire fence meant to keep me safe and out of the bridge-side slope, I looked up and saw this little cut out.

Unless you have a dog who takes you for daily walks around the block, you may not be getting outside as often since pandemic pandemonium struck. If that’s the case, here’s a dose of inspiration.

Taken during a weekend trip to Tahoe, this photograph illustrates serenity and the multiple seasons that coincide in California.

Like the salt in the ocean you can’t see until it’s dry,
you are the rock that keeps us all together;
the command with which you roam this earth makes me afraid,
afraid not of getting in your way but helping you on your own.

Every day I watch the news

They speak and show countless horrors in the world

But who chooses whom we mourn?

See disaster is striking all over

But our attention spans are not too long