grand valley state university's student journal of art and writing

fish • lad • der [noun]

a series of pools built like steps to enable fish to bypass waterfalls or dams.

There is a fish ladder on the west side of the Grand River that allows fish like salmon and steelhead to move upstream, past the Sixth Street dam, toward Lansing. The structure features a viewing deck for visitors to watch the fish travel upstream.

note from the editor

Thank you for checking out fishladder, Grand Valley State University’s student run literary journal of art and writing.

The students of Grand Valley are resilient, diverse, and incredible people. It's an honor to read and view your submissions. We look forward hearing your stories!

fishladder will be open for submissions from October 5th through December 14th. For more information on submission guidelines click ‘submit’ at the top of this page!

As a writer and artist, there's is nothing more thrilling and terrifying than sharing your creation with an audience. Everything you create is a tiny piece of your heart and soul. Thank you for trusting us with your work! It's our mission to provide a safe place for the many wonderful works of the Grand Valley student body.

Please contact editor-in-chief Jenna Sobaski with questions or issues submitting at

On behalf of myself and the fishladder staff, we look forward to creating something beautiful with you!

Thank you,

Jenna Sobaski, editor-in-chief

GVSU Writing
Cover art: by Khoi Tran
Last Update: 25 April 2021