The White Squirrel

About | Call for Submissions | Past Volumes | Support Us | TWS Staff Officers


The White Squirrel is a student-run literary and arts organization sponsored by the University of Louisville Honors Program. We host various creative events every semester like open-mics and workshops. Our biggest project is our literary and arts magazine which we publish every spring that showcases the poetry, prose, art, and overall talent and creativity of Louisville area academics. Our mission is to foster wisdom and love for art, writing, and publishing.

The White Squirrel is an inclusive and educational organization for students of all backgrounds and experiences. With our magazine, we strive to help emerging creatives wet their feet in the public realm of creative writing and art.

If you are interested in creative writing, art, publishing, magazine design, and/or social media outreach, please reach out to us. We’d also like to note that you do not have to be an Honors student to join our organization, and members can still submit to the magazine!

If you have any questions, you can email us at


Call for Submissions

Are you a Louisville area high school or college creative? This is your chance to see your work in print! The White Squirrel, the University of Louisville’s literary and arts journal, is open for submissions for our Spring 2023 volume. We are seeking art, poetry, and prose (fiction, creative nonfiction, and flash).

Our theme for volume XIX is "opposites," meaning that a major element of the artwork or writing should be opposite. It can be any type of opposite from life and death to love and lust. On the same note, it can be any element of your submission: the colors, foil characters, the theme, etc. Interpret “opposites” how you would like!

Our top two favorite pieces in each category will receive a Golden Acorn Editors’ Choice Award and $50. We are only accepting one submission per person, but a submission may have multiple writing or art pieces. There is no submission fee. Submissions close January 1st, 2022.

To review guidelines and/or submit, click here:

We are dedicated to helping emerging creatives learn about the publishing world! If you have any questions about The White Squirrel or our selection process, do not hesitate to ask.


Past Volumes

Our past magazines can be read at the Etscorn Honors Center in Strickler 126 or downloaded from our Gumroad at:

Our latest issue features twenty-six creative pieces from University of Louisville writers, poets, artists, and photographers, including the 2020 Creative Writing Contest Winner!


Support Us

As a student organization, our funds are limited. The White Squirrel wouldn’t be able to print our volumes and host events without our amazing sponsors. Please consider donating or purchasing ad space in our magazine to help us continue our mission.

You can also support The White Squirrel by following us on social media and spreading the word about our magazines and events!




TWS Staff Officers


Lawrence is The White Squirrel’s boss and mascot. He is a literature and art connoisseur. His favorite literary piece is Nutcracker, his favorite art piece is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, and his least favorite movie is Ice Age.

Erin Wedemeyer

The current President and Editor-in-Chief is Erin Wedemeyer. She is an English major with a creative writing and Spanish minor. She is a huge creative writing enthusiast, especially for the fantasy genre. Her favorite novel is There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien. You can contact her at for questions about The White Squirrel.


Luz Moreno

Luz Moreno is our Vice President. She is currently a Junior at UofL. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and building Lego sets with her friends.

Ali Pham, Secretary of The White Squirrel

Ali Pham

Our secretary is Ali Pham. She is a biology major, and she is completely enamored by the Series of Unfortunate Events books. She is “just happy to be here.”

Marrissa Smith

Marissa Smith, TWS Treasurer, is a Philosophy major on the pre-med track with a minor in art history. Her favorite book is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. She loves cooking, baking, and making art (including, but not limited to: jewelry, portraiture, and poetry).

Abby Adams-Smith, Secretary of The White Squirrel

Jasper Adams-Smith

Jasper Adams-Smith is the White Squirrel's event coordinator. Their major is history, though they plan on minoring in creative writing, gender studies, and peace studies. They've published multiple works of poetry and creative nonfiction and are working on longer writing in their spare time. Their favorite books are Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City and China Miéville's Un Lun Dun.

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