A Word from the Editor

Of Rust and Glass. “More than a publication, a community.”
You’ve heard it before, and we mean it. Our people are our number one passion. Sure, we publish great art and literature, but at the end of the day, we cultivate relationships between passionate, creative individuals. If that’s all we ever accomplish, I say job well done.
I started Of Rust and Glass in a moment of passion, from a love of writing and a deep, persistent yearning to leave my mark on the literary world. When I discovered how many other talented Midwest creatives felt the same inescapable tug—a call as vital to our well-being as breath and blood—I set out to showcase the region. On bad days and on good, the call is always there, in the back of our minds, driving us to be the best versions of ourselves. If that isn’t passion, I’m not sure what is.
Passion is an incurable love-hate relationship with your chosen art.
Passion is a call-to-arms for a cause you whole-heartedly believe in.
Passion is obsession.
Passion is the heat of a moment, repeated until your experiences develop lives of their own.
Passion is why we create, why we publish this magazine, why we shout our people’s praise to the world. We are the Midwest, and our voices matter. Our stories are worth telling. No, our stories must be told, because our stories never shy away from the heat of day-to-day life.
And that’s what this issue is all about: Passions.