Arts & Culture

This is part 2 of our limited series on the celebrated haute couture designer, Christian Dior.

This submission won second place in the Synapse Storytelling Contest creative writing category.


Child, I

           lay him supine upon the funereal table

viburnum-skinned, blent

This week Synapse introduces a limited series honoring one of the world’s foremost couturier, Christian Dior.

This poem earned Joey Lew first place in this year's international William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition.


I am asked to close up

(the body)

It is my very first operation


This submission earned Nina Escueta the first place winner of the Storytelling Contest's creative writing category. Mangoes, ripe and green, to start off the day Balmy breezes singing, whispering ‘stay,’ Orange skies painting, fruit-filled trees bending

I took art lessons growing up, but didn't start loving it and creating meaningful pieces of my own until college. I mostly like working with oil and only paint recreationally.

Slowly, slowly, almost there, got it. The tea slushes a little too close to the edge, a threat to the open notes that lie below it.

Tank Hill is a short, steep walk from Parnassus campus. While studying for the qualifying exam in my PhD program, I spent a lot of my days sedentary, just reading and writing.

Actor and singer Franc D’Ambrosio has performed as the lead in The Phantom of the Opera thousands of times, for millions of people. And he’s achieved this momentous fame without the ability to read music. D’Ambrosio has dyslexia.


“We’ve never had the ability to change the fundamental chemical nature of who we are, and now we do.”