Chevon Alderson and Hannah Wakefield
2015 Theme: Unexpected Echoes
What does it mean for an echo to be unexpected? It means realizing something, either through reflection or experience, which you might not have been anticipating. Just as the sound waves that make up echoes alter through their journey away from and back to us, so too do our lives change as we step away from who we used to be. Often those changes are for the better, but not always. It is only when we stop to reflect—when we take the time to listen to those echoes—that we understand the paths our lives have taken and who we are now because of them. This, in turn, allows us to grow, to step again outside of our comfort zones, and gives us the chance to see who we will become.
This year’s submissions have been wonderful echoes of lives well lived. These are honest reflections in art, photography, poetry, and prose that remind us of our own happy or sad memories. Though submissions need not match the theme, there are plenty of pieces that do. This year we decided not to have a specific section devoted to those submissions that best fit within the “unexpected echoes” motif, but instead scattered them throughout the publication for readers to stumble upon as they peruse.