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.


Next Stop Great Falls
Doug Zander
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