Spring 2018: Letter from the Editors

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the eighth edition of Voices & Visions, themed “Transitions.”  This theme in particular carries personal resonance for several of our staff members: Beth and Faizah are graduating, our first-year assistant editors, Aviva, Abby, Faith, and Camille, have taken on important roles in the production of this journal, and Professor Cohen, the journal’s founder, is taking on a new position as Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center at Smith. The journal itself is moving with her, and we are all excited to see what changes this transition will bring.

We are also excited to present our spring issue, comprising 15 written works and 14 visuals that express the fear and anticipation which transitions evoke, while celebrating positive aspects of change. Our contributors document physical, mental, and spiritual transitions that shape and define their lives. From the beauty of a receding tide to the complexities of gender, the writers and artists in this issue encourage us to embrace both constancy and uncertainty, heightening our awareness of the present moment while reminding us of the ways in which literature and art– themselves both enduring and evolving–buoy us in times of flux.

We hope these transformative works of art will inspire you to document your own transitions, whatever they may be.  Happy reading!

Sincerely,

Brittany Collins, Editor-In-Chief
Beth Derr, Managing Editor

on behalf of the Voices & Visions editorial staff