Articles by Katy Smith

Katy Smith (‘23) is a communications major, theatre and writing minor at Hope. Her passions lie in the arts, specifically playwriting, poetry, performing, and any music that makes you feel wanderlust. She is so honored to be the Anchor’s Arts Editor! She strives to give Hope’s wonderful arts programs the platform they deserve.


This is America: Protest music through the ages

Billie Holiday elegantly walks onto stage, takes one diaphragm-engaging breath, and begins her song. Soft jazz plays behind her, making a haunting feeling creep over the audience. “Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze / Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees,” her bell-like voice sings.  A young Bob Dylan quickly strums his acoustic guitar,…


In defense of country music

Big green tractors. An ice cold beer. Blue jeans and dirt-covered work boots. This imagery might make you think of the early 2000s. You might be transported to your grandfather’s truck with artists like Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney singing their Southern-accented hearts out through the car radio. On the other side of things, you…


‘Tis the season for OPUS!

As your email inbox may have clued you in at the beginning of the month, Hope College’s literary magazine known as Opus began taking submissions for its fall semester edition. The magazine takes written work such as poetry, flash fiction and prose, as well as visual art submissions such as photography, digital art and paintings….