Volume 1

a letter from the guest editor, volume 1

a letter from the guest editor, volume 1

The times were hectic: the change of season promised a frenzied closure to our doctoral obligations, followed by a refreshing beginning. In other words, we were entering once more into “hell week,” the doom of graduate school FINALS. But, like Jobim’s song goes, “And the riverbank sings/ Of the waters of March/ It’s the promise of life/ It’s the joy in your heart.” With that lyrical spirit, Rosita (Rose Simons, co-creator of bozalta) and I met to collaborate in establishing a name for a graduate-student-run online journal. One thing we knew: the journal was to deal with issues of social justice, and to provide a space for writers, artists, activists, and scholars to sing for social change.