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Editor’s Note Here we are in our second year. After a rocky start—looking for sub- missions and looking and looking—we have the means to showcase the craftsmanship (or should it be “workmanship”?) of the students and faculty at Great Falls College and the University of Great Falls. The rocky start might make sense, given our country’s current artistic cli- mate. A year and a half ago, Margaret Atwood, though a Canadian herself, told NPR that the growing interest in dystopias is “coming out of people’s feeling that things are going haywire.” 1 And when I at- tended the conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in Washington, DC, this year, there was a growing concern about the value of language in a world where “alternative facts” and “fake news” reign. Perhaps we are all a little at sea when it comes to how to move forward. Everything has changed and nothing has. Any attempt at communica- tion, whether through words, pictures, sounds, or any combination thereof, opens the door for misinterpretation. It’s important to note that many of our submissions this time around are pieces of art and poems, genres that leaves more room for misinterpretation. We know how this works. We move forward. We write. We focus. We paint. We manipu- late. We tell our stories however we can. -Leigh Ann 1 quoted in Lynn Neary’s interview, “Now is Not the Time for Realistic Fiction, Says Margaret Atwood,” for NPR’s All Things Considered, September 30, 2015. 9
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