Creative Works

Explore our collection of student-submitted poems, short stories, photography, and more.

Growing Pains

Responsibilities. Rent is late. No money in the bank, Got an empty gas tank. Midterms Essays Boyfriend Job─ Trying to breathe in between sobs. Don’t grow up too fast, they say. Now I see...

Real Love

Late at night, when he closed his eyes, that’s when his imagination really felt like it belonged to itself. This made it hard for...

Ghosts of Summers Past

The thought of August is too bitter-sweet As my mind drifts back to those too few days To the thought of you no one can compete Smiling,...

Untitled Poem

For as long as I can remember I knew I was different than the average human race member Being told since day one To stay ahead and...

Untitled Poem

In the eyes of denial It's no good to be wild Because it makes one a child But when one releases that vibrating growl Shaking the souls Of all...

Untitled Poem

Sometimes it's sad to see The affects my dreams play on me Suppose to be smart and strong When all I've come to learn and feel Is weak...

Lazy Lovers

My lover’s rhythmic heartbeat hums in my head Gentle sunlight begins to lay itself across the bed The young, morning air caresses my cheek And revives my...

Time outside

Monterey County and the surrounding areas—Big Sur, Santa Cruz and San Francisco—boast some of the most tranquil outdoors along the California Coast. Spending time...

Free to Fly

March 20th was the first day of Spring. The flowers began to bloom, He started to feel a sting. The butterflies flew into his room. They gave him...

Chasing Aurora

A blanket of a thousands stars flicker above There is a gentle hum of nature buzzing in our ears Layers upon layers attempt to collect our...

¿Home?

I am a walking limbo I am not white enough to be American I am not Brown enough to be Mexican They lump me with other Brown...

The Hollow Tree

I walk to that place filled with memories Where me and him filled jars with bees Shake them up, lift the lid, and flee Yes, seven year...

The Plea

To all the good in the world We are born into this world knowing love The warm blanket of humanity fits us like a glove Powder blue...

The Tower

I stroll down the twisting cobblestone streets Making my way towards the beloved tower Little corner store bakeries with good eats Capture my attention for the hour The...

What She Left Behind

I have always been somewhat aware of the constant presence of death in my life, but the day it struck my beloved friend, I...

If I Should Forget

If I should forget my purpose for living, of what makes me human, please remind me. Remind me of azure skies, of the marshmallow clouds...

Dear @realDonaldTrump

Dear @realDonaldTrump, The bleaching of corals did not begin by pouring Clorox into the ocean. Greenhouse gases aren’t emitted into the atmosphere by opening nursery windows. Glaciers...

Jade

From the Poet: “This piece is dedicated to my girlfriend. Thank you for being the crazy, beautiful, talented, magnificent woman you are.” Jade When darkness approaches, You are...

Greek Life

Greek life at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) rests on the foundation of their five pillars: academics, leadership, service, social justice, and support. During...

Roam

From the Poet: “I wrote this poem in support of DACA students and their symbol of migration—the monarch butterfly. The monarch is more than just a...