Spring 2014 Editor’s Dialogue

This past semester was the first experience I had as Editor in Chief for Reconstructed, and I am eternally grateful for the experience.

I have always been a supporter of the creative arts, especially since I started writing creatively at a young age and dabbled in the visual arts for quite some time.

When I first transferred to Governors State University, I wanted to find a niche for the creative voices at Governors State. I knew that there were others who had their own personal projects — I just didn’t know where to find them. Then, my English professor told me about this literary journal during my second semester at Governors State University, and I was ecstatic. So, I started out as a creative writing submission, then moved to a staff editor, and then Dan Petersohn, the former Student Editor-in-Chief, handed down the responsibility of Editor to me.

However, this literary journal is not mine. It’s a beautiful construction of all the other creative artists here at Governors State, and I am overwhelmed by the creative spirit of the editing staff and the talent I’ve seen while evaluating and selecting sub- missions.

Since Governors State is about to welcome their first class of freshmen for the 2014-2015 school year, the staff and I are more driven to continue to evolve the literary and visual arts journal; that means, we want to host more events, create a welcoming environment for the underrepresented visual artists, and seek out more creative artists at Governors State who are, also, looking for their niche of creative artists.

We will continue to grow, to rethink ideas, to make mistakes, and to build off each other’s ideas; essentially, we are working to reconstruct the way others view creativity and help other creative artists flourish.

Kara Trojan