This year’s publication showcases two powerful creative
non-fiction pieces, “Of Moments in Time” by Aida
Hodzic and “In Celebration” by Casey Davidge--stories
reflecting the authors’ personal experiences growing
up in war-torn Bosnia and painting the homeless. The artwork
included in the manuscript“In Celebration,” has
been chosen to illustrate this year’s cover.
The two research essays, “ The Name for That Kind of Decency” by Sarah Morris and “Plato as a Proto-Feminist” by Edward DuBois, analyze social class struggle and sexism through classical authors’ use of language in their work.
Due to the tragedy that occurred on April 16, 2007, the editors of transcending silence… have decided to include work authored by one of their own, Yolanda Palmer- a poem dedicated to the victims of Virginia Tech entitled “ I Will Shed Tears for Virginia Tech.” Although this departs from the board’s policy of not publishing works by members of the editorial board, we decided to make an exception in deference to the overriding importance of acknowledging the tragedy and remembering the victims.
In spite of the variety of themes in each of the manuscripts, the editorial board has held each piece to the rigorous ideals of transcending silence… to give a voice to those who have faced silencing- “For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us,” Audre Lorde, whose work inspired the mission of this publication.