Dear Hampton Renaissance readers, writers, and friends,
I have had the honor of serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Hampton University’s only magazine for the arts, Hampton Renaissance, since its creation in 2021. The past two years in this role have taught me so much about leadership, team building, and the transformative power of the arts. From overseeing our magazine's content, to managing a team of talented writers and designers, to collaborating with artists and performers on campus, I have been able to work alongside some of the most creative and passionate individuals at Hampton.
As I write this final note as the departing editor of Hampton Renaissance, my heart is filled with a mix of emotions. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve as your editor, and to have been part of a team that has worked tirelessly to bring you the best of the arts community. It has been an honor to be a part of this journey, to witness the growth of our magazine, and to be a voice for the arts in our world.
I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our team of writers, editors, and designers who have brought their unique perspectives and talents to every issue. It has been a joy to work alongside you, and I am constantly inspired by your creativity and dedication.
To our readers, thank you for your support and engagement. It has been a pleasure to connect with you through the pages of our magazine and to share the stories and creations of artists who inspire us all.
It has been an honor to have collaborated with such brilliant minds and to have been a voice for the arts at Hampton. As I leave, I do so with a heavy heart, but also with a sense of excitement for what the future holds. But most of all, I am grateful for the chance to have contributed to something greater than myself - a publication that celebrates the beauty and power of the arts. I ask you now readers, to continue to nurture and celebrate your own creativity, and to always remember the extraordinary impact that art can have on our lives and the world.
Lastly, please enjoy this issue! Most of the works in Expression in Bloom come from our amazing team of editors, in addition to a special feature from the winners of the William R. Harvey Library's Pirate Poetry Contest.
Thank you and Farewell,
Zoe J. Treadwell