Current Issue

This year’s print issue of Tab Journal was created during a time of quarantine as the world underwent the isolation and anxieties of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, we reflected on concepts of time—as a sense of place, as space, as structure, as the visual experience of light and dark. This year’s print issue explores visual expressions of time warping, time-traveling, and the chronology and the kaleidoscope of time-keeping.

The online issues in the 2021 volume pick up elements of the print issue’s design, and the website is updated to reflect Volume 9.

Note on the May Issue: Since 2015, Tab Journal has selected the finalists in the California Coastal Commission K-12 Poetry Contest and publishes the winners and honorable mentions in the May issue. Tab Journal thanks our selection committee of Chapman University MFA students: Su Chen, Jay Dye, Melissa Gaiti, Michael Khuraibet, Ian Koh, Daniel Miess, Vesper North, Lydia Pejovic, Janalee Tabayoyong, Jason Thornberry, Geneva Trelease-Gordon, Aria Valle Ellett, and Paige Welsh.

Vol. 9 (2021)
Issue 3

Special Issue: California Coastal Commission K-12 Poetry Contest

Kindergarten–1st Grade

Winner
ME BY THE SEA
Liberty Lawrence Kolsch
Honorable Mention
THE BEACH
Cruz Morell

ME BY THE SEA by Liberty Kolsch
THE BEACH by Cruz Morell

2nd–3rd Grade

Winner
I CAST MY BAIT
Ender Guthrie
Honorable Mentions
DEEP SEA DIVER LIFE
Rhett Menexas
NOT BY MYSELF
Juliette Watson

I CAST MY BAIT by Ender Guthrie
DEEP SEA DIVER LIFE by Rhett Menexas
NOT BY MYSELF by Juliette Watson

4th–6th Grade

Winner
LAND, SEA, AND SKY
Emily Hembruch
Honorable Mention
NO MATTER WHAT
Kira Mielcarski
LOW TIDE
Linnea Oliver
THE SEA
Carolyn Zhang

LAND, SEA, AND SKY by Emily Hembruch
LOW TIDE by Linnea Oliver
THE SEA by Carolyn Zhang

7th–9th Grade

Winner
WE, THE OCEAN CHILDREN
Maithreyi Bharathi
Honorable Mention
OVER THE SEA
Devon Mann
REMEMBER
Sydney Mielcarski
A ROMANCE ON A RAINY DAY
Matthew Oda

OVER THE SEA by Devon Mann

11th–12th Grade

Winner
NOT YOUR AVERAGE ARTIST
Mason Espinoza
Honorable Mention
SEAS
Donald Grijalva Baker
ALGAL BLOOM
Alyssa Ho
BRINY CRAVINGS IN A DREAM
Jessica Kim

Note on the May Issue: Since 2015, Tab Journal has selected the finalists in the California Coastal Commission K-12 Poetry Contest and publishes the winners and honorable mentions in the May issue. The contributing poets are invited to submit audio as well. Tab Journal thanks our selection committee of Chapman University MFA students: Su Chen, Jay Dye, Melissa Gaiti, Michael Khuraibet, Ian Koh, Daniel Miess, Vesper North, Lydia Pejovic, Janalee Tabayoyong, Jason Thornberry, Geneva Trelease-Gordon, Aria Valle Ellett, and Paige Welsh.