Van Gogh’s Catharsis through Art


Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

The Effects of Chronic, Comorbid Medical and Mental Health Issues

Van Gogh’s paintings allow us to catch a glimpse of his mind and how he was deeply misunderstood by society.
Manasi Kinikar
Review Editor

More Than Words

Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing edited by Sandra M. Gilbert and Roger J. Porter, a book showcasing impactful works from many talented authors and poets, highlights a chapter in Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name. The chapter titled “Spices” immerses the audience in Lorde’s world through the use of imagery and indirect character details that reveal how the preparation of souse, a cultural meal, taught her more than words ever could.

Playing Dress Up: From Houston to Iowa City

Winter is an accessory in Houston. Before moving to Iowa, I’ve never had to look at clothes and wonder if it would keep me warm because in Houston, the coldest it gets during winter is 40°F.




Bri Brown studies media production and design and art at the University of Iowa. She is planning for a graphic design career, preferably in the magazine industry. Outside of working on VERVE, she works as a designer at The Daily Iowan, and in her free time, she enjoys traveling, taking pictures, going to Glass Animals concerts, and playing video games.

Manasi Kinikar

Review Editor

Manasi Kinikar studies Journalism and Mass Communications and Philosophy at the University of Iowa. She is a creative writer who aside from writing and editing for VERVE has also been published as a poet in the New Moon Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, listening to music,  (everything from The Smiths to Lana Del Rey) and traveling.

Samantha Triplett

Lifestyle Editor

I study health and human physiology at the University of Iowa. I am currently focused on getting into the healthcare industry, specifically pursuing a career in cardiovascular perfusion. Outside of school, I work at the Ronald McDonald Charity House, and I am involved in various other clubs around campus including the Hawkeye Fitness Club, Spanish Club, and Healthy Lifestar Students. In my free time I like to run/life, check out car shows, watch horror movies, and of course read stories.