Arts & Culture

It is morning; it is spring. And in the dew, the mountains woo. 

Distantly heard, the roosters crow; and past the shoreline, the winds do blow.

There are moments where you will find

No past

Or present

Or future.

Only eternity;

An instant that stretches on, and on

And you will recognize Time in all its power

Because it will gladly reveal

[Third place winner of the Synapse Storytelling Contest photography category.] One afternoon, while I was taking a walk in the complex where I lived in Sacramento, I noticed this adorable moment where I got to capture a heartwarming photograph where a mother turtle teaches her baby turtle the motions for sunbathing and accompanies her in this activity.
I am keeping a prisoner; This breath I took two weeks ago; I refuse to let it leave; It paces back and forth within me
In our latest podcast, we chat with UCSF alumna Jenny Qi, PhD, ’17, about how she went from publishing cartoons and news articles for Synapse to publishing an anthology of poetry, Focal Point, which received the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award. Below is an excerpt of that interview.

There are days in August when you can hear the grass reaching for the sun. Long days where the air sticks to your skin, the heat slides along your limbs like butter, and the silence of winter frost is a buried memory.

[Third place Storytelling Contest winner for photography.] Where does photography start, and where does it end? And how does a photographic artifact traverse from its inception to its printing and exhibition?

Breathe, and let go.

Another week, you got this. Keep it up. You can do it.

It will be a great day. You will be great.

Breathe, and let go.

Ok, I got this. Let’s do it. We can do it.

Breathe, and let go.

UCSF has been a sight for many historic events: public health emergencies like the HIV/AIDS pandemic, social movements like White Coats for Black Lives, and scientific discoveries like that of embryonic stem cells.

Mirror Need I scream even with this coat, you refuse to see me. my sweet alto