A Word from the Coordinator

 

We made it. 2020 was, well, an entirely unexpected fluke of a year (we hope). Now that 2021 is here, Of Rust and Glass is as hungry as ever.

We are hungry to continue what we started. Despite the odds, which were stacked in more ways than one against us, we managed to put together four beautiful issues filled with original artwork, photography, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and exclusive artist interviews. Each issue brought something unique to the plate; each issue provided you, the reader, a delicious taste of what the Northwest Ohio arts scene has to offer. The magazine itself might be the meat of what Of Rust and Glass does, but it is the contributors that are the buns, holding everything together. Without them, our publication would just be a mess of spilled words and soggy, discolored brush strokes.

But the word hunger means much more than meets the eye. In this issue, we see it through many different lenses.

Whether it be the compelling, sometimes comical, desire for food, as in “Rickey Raccoon,” or the deep longing for the warmth of another human being that we see so intimately in, “Potential Energy,” hunger follows many of us through this crazy thing we call life. Shannon Holleran and Jonie McIntire show us two completely different sides of the word, but both faces are as human as freewill and opposable thumbs.

Then, there is the predatorial hunger. The need to feed on something lesser, as Jane Marie Sullivan displays in the veined, focused depths of a cat’s eye. This is the basest of definitions, a primordial calling to some, a nagging, gut-wrenching pain to others.

Too many people in this world suffer because of the lack of food. Too many people go hungry, while others get fat on excess and greed. In a pair of his artwork, award winning artist Randy Bennett depicts this through misfortunate, hungry families looking out longingly from beneath golden arches.

Of Rust and Glass is thrilled to bring you the pieces mentioned above along with many others. For the first time, the title of this issue is intrinsically connected to one central theme. Maybe it was all the feasting we were doing during the submission period or maybe it was our collective longing for something more, something better. Whatever it happened to be, the contributors of “Hunger” brought with them the talent and passion we have grown to not only cherish but expect from Northwest Ohio’s creative community. They brought it, and now we have the honor of setting your table, pulling you a chair, and serving you this fine art and literary meal.

Enjoy. You will find nothing like it anywhere else. And be sure to invite your family and friends. This feast is plenty large for everyone, and there are plenty of plates to go around.

Sincerely,

Curtis A. Deeter

Coordinator, Of Rust and Glass