The White Squirrel

About | Volume XIX | 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


Volume XIX

The White Squirrel's Spring 2023 volume, Volume XIX, is available for download! It features 42 creative pieces from student writers, poets, artists, and photographers, including the six Golden Acorn Editor's Choice awards. There were 35 contributors from the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Assumption High School, Atherton High School, and Sacred Heart Academy. Download it from our Gumroad here, and don't forget to leave a review:


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

You can 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.

Marissa Smith

The current President and Editor-in-Chief is Marissa Smith. Marissa is a senior Philosophy major on a bioethics 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).


Luz Moreno

Luz Moreno is our Vice President. She is currently a senior 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.

Emma Staples

Our secretary is Emma Staples. She is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, and hanging out with her pets! 

Lexie Baesler

Lexie Baesler is the treasurer for The White Squirrel. They are majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing and criminal justice. In their free time, they love writing, reading, crocheting, and playing with their pets! Their favorite poetry collection is Crush by Richard Siken.

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.


Emma Piegols

 Emma Piegols is one of our Co-Head Designers. Emma is currently a freshman at UofL and majoring in English. Their hobbies include drawing, painting, writing, and playing video games. Currently, they are working on a fiction novel and hope to be published one day.

Meghan McNichols

Meghan McNichols is one of the Co-designers of the White Squirrel. She is majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Psychology. In her free time she loves to draw, listen to music, play instruments, and come up with recipes to cook. Her favorite movies are Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films.

Charlie Lewis

Charlie is an English major and Philosophy minor with too many plants and too many books. Their favorite genres are fantasy and magical realism. When they aren’t busy with life, you can find them religiously playing the Sims 4.

Adrian Spalding

Adrian Spalding (they/he) is one of The White Squirrel's Co-Head Designers. He's a freshman majoring in Graphic Design and Spanish who loves creative writing and is currently working on two full-length novels. His favorite book series is The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan because Nico di Angelo finally got his own chapters, and he's the best fictional character ever created.

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