Welcome to the 2013–14 edition of MONTAGE. In a letter to H. G. Wells in 1915, the novelist Henry James wrote: "It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and heart of its process." The students who created and contributed art to MONTAGE personify this credo, alchemizing poems and stories and visual art from their own experiences into vibrant, interesting, important works to be shared. I was honored to be a part of MONTAGE this year and to work with several of the writers and artists included in these pages. There is so much talent and heart revealed here, demonstrating the centrality of creativity to the human spirit. When we make art, we are our best selves, and it has been a delight to see these students at their best.
This journal would not be possible without the generosity and dedication of several people. Big thanks to Dr. Robert Seufert and Dr. Ashley Green for their wisdom and advice, to Khara Koffel for her artistic expertise, to Dr. Allan Metcalf for his support, to the students of our English 250/Creative Writing Seminar for their hard work, and especially to Marcy Jones for her beautiful design and formatting of MONTAGE. Thank you, everyone, and happy summer!
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