As an entertainment writer, I’ve definitely had my share of doubts. I think to myself, “should I be covering politics, something the typical reader might consider more newsworthy?” But it is in this dark time of political discourse that covering the arts is more vital than ever. It is individualized thoughts and emotions that art provokes that keep viewers curious and grounded. It isn’t so much what is actually on the canvas, but the chance to start dialogue. This issue’s Poets, Artists, and Madmen are doing their thing to bring life to whitespace and ignite a conversational fire, and it is our hope that they will continue to set the tone for creative awareness through art made for the people, by the people.
— Lauren Leathers, Events Editor