Hamline’s Literature Arts at its finest.

Emiliano Garcia Fisher, Life Reporter

Untold magazine has made its presence to be the unknown and underground of Hamline. Untold’s most recent issue for the fall 2022 semester continues that trend in a new inventive way, compared to past issues.  

The fall issue starts with a letter from editors Kimia Kowsari and Joanna Johnson, both Hamline seniors. In the letter, they state that a lot of time went into the issue, an effort that is obvious throughout the rest of the pages. This effort is seen through the various images, organization of artistic pieces and much more. 

The fall issue’s theme of passions is vibrantly present throughout the issue. A strong tone of darkness partners well with themes of maroon and red. Various illustrations are used to accompany written pieces. These illustrations never overpower the written pieces but instead support the various authors’.

Along with the Untold team’s effort being highly present throughout the magazine, their continuous goal of showing the range of Hamline’s cultures and student body is highly present as well. Each submission from the students is organized for a well formulated flow. 

Haley Klahsen starts the magazine off strong with a poem titled “Thirsty.” The piece is able to connect to any student, as it speaks of a past love that one would be ready to give their all to, whether a past toxic relationship or something that drives you, the feeling of giving your all to just be neglected or let down in the end, ending on a somewhat cheerful note of finding a true love. 

Within the next few pages a strong tone of this possible harsh duality of passions is seen in Aubrey Chavarria’s “The Race Between Arms and Legs.”

 Hodo Mohamed’s piece titled “Passed Down Poetry” is an exceptionally well crafted piece of poetry from start to finish. Mohamed tells a poetic story of previous writers and what that lineage is like for them.

Illustration and collages from Mac Wittkopf and Kivi Weeks both ironically are centered around birds, Wittkopf’s “Birds of a Feather” collage, using very bright colors, clashes well with the color scheme while Weeks’ “Bird Nose Guy” entices viewers to look deep into the work. 

Somewhat new to this issue for Untold is the inclusion of new mixed media usage; Pieces that include multiple mediums can be seen on the Untold’s site such as Korai Kayim-Yanko’s Esports piece, Kayim-Yanko includes their own writing and interview with Hamline Esports members along with one of their Twitter posts. 

The effort for various media to be included is a new way to reach out to newer audiences but also newer contributors that can experiment with various media forms, which can be found online for the digital version of Untold. 

Hamline students’ passions can be seen through each piece in either form of Untold’s newest publishment. 

Untold’s faculty advisor Jen England recently departed Hamline, which may pose new challenges for the upcoming spring issue, but the previous work from the Untold staff and the artistic input from Hamline students shows that they are starting off on the right foot.