Editors Letter

Dear Readers,

If the past year has shown us anything, it’s that in times of pain and confusion, people turn to art.  Whether it was through creation, consumption, or a mixture of both, it’s a safe bet to say that each of us found comfort in sharing stories with one another, and for many of us, art was--and continues to be--an escape from the uncertain world around us.

By the time you read this, we’ll already be well past the one-year mark of the United States shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The country had to adapt, and on a smaller level, we as a Journal did too, which is why you’re likely reading this on a screen right now.  We recognize that that fact is not ideal, but we feel there is something ironically fitting about releasing this year’s journal online, given that most of us have been living through the internet since early last year.  

Everything we’ve done, every struggle we’ve overcome, has led us to this. It’s with immense joy and gratitude that we editors present to you; the first ever online version of 30 North. We hope the stories you’re about to read give you a refuge from that world, and that you can escape into these pages, even if it’s just for a little while.  All of us here at 30 North worked hard to bring this journal to life and hope you enjoy what we (and our contributors) have created for you.

Stay Safe,

Arden + Rana + Merrick

The Editors of 30 North

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