Welcome to issue two! If this is your first time coming across our pages, thank you for taking time out of your day to check us out! If you’re a returning reader, as always, thank you for your continued support in our magazine. Our goal at Hampton Renaissance is to provide a much needed space for the arts on Hampton’s campus and all of our readers and contributors help us achieve that goal. So thank you. If you’re interested in submitting your work, joining our editorial team, or just learning more about who we are and what we do on campus, join our mailing list at the bottom of this page or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!
This has been a long semester for everyone–that much I know to be true. This first full year back on campus has definitely come with its usual ups and downs, but it feels harder this year to push through to the finish line. It may be because for many of us it is the first time we’re having to navigate college, in-person, in a while. For the first time in two years we have to balance in-person/hybrid academics and professional development on top of our social lives. Against the backdrop of a vastly polarized and deteriorating social climate, it makes sense that with this issue, in the midst of blooming spring, our minds were elsewhere. The theme for issue two is: Infatuation. In this issue’s Call for Submissions, we asked, “what do you desire?” and that question made for some truly amazing pieces. From Professor Ran Walker’s lovestruck Balloon to Cheyenne Paterson’s reflection on love, singleness and being happy alone, appropriately entitled, “I’m Alone, not Lonely: The Power Within Romanticizing my Life and Loving Love Itself,” every piece in this second issue provides a unique perspective on infatuation. I am so happy to be able to provide a platform for these amazing works. Take your time with these pieces. They will stick with you.
Have a wonderful, infatuated summer,
Zoe J. Treadwell