The works in this edition illustrate what it is to be human. The artists within this book express longing, fear, struggle. They call for unity. They pay tribute to others, whether loved ones or strangers. They find beauty in the world, in connection, in spirituality. They share the wisdom of lessons learned, and from this wisdom they affirm the possibility of rebirth. These works paint vivid pictures of moments in time and from these moments allow us to speculate about a complete life. It brought us editors great pleasure to glean our own interpretations of these complex stories embedded in each piece.
We would like to thank all those who submitted to the Spring 2021 edition for the talent you display and the care you put into your work. We would also like to thank those who joined our meetings this semester for your presence and valued input. Thank you to our team of editors for your passion in helping make Opus the best it can be. This year has been a steep learning curve for both of us, but we are so proud that you have joined us along the way.
Thank you for allowing your story to be a part of Opus’s journey.
Morgan Brown & Violet Peschiera
The William B. Eerdmans’ Prize first began in June of 1951, awarded to students with leading pieces in creative writing, poetry and creative writing, prose, by outside judges.
The Opus staff is honored to present this year’s judges for the Eerdmans’ Prize: Renee Simms and Sarah Viren.
Renee Simms is a novelist and lawyer interested in black women’s fiction, the intersections of law and literature; and community writing pedagogies. She is an Associate Professor at University of Puget Sound. Sarah Viren is the author of the essay collection Mine, winner of the River Teeth Book Prize and the GLCA New Writer’s Award. She is also an assistant professor at Arizona State University.
The 2021 Eerdmans’ Prize poetry winner is Cecelia O’Brien for her piece “Stephen” printed in the Fall 2020 edition of Opus. Honorable mention to “Bareback” by Adriana Barker.
The 2021 Eerdmans’ Prize prose winner is Fara Ling for her piece “Quarantime.”
Congratulations to our winners! And deep thanks to our esteemed judges.
Opus Spring 2021
Opus Spring 2021