We want to be heard and seen. This is what stories, poetry, and art can do. The words of a poet or author reflect what is in our own heart, articulating parts of ourselves that we couldn't put into words on our own.
An essay about cats and chronic pain captures unconditional love. A poem about poached pears and fig salad celebrates non-binary identity. Sculptural costumes crafted from eggshells, acorns, and lavender exemplify harmony with nature. A micro-examination of the pores of a face recasts imperfection as truth. Art helps us realize that we are part of a greater human experience. It is to see and be seen. Feel and be felt. To be enveloped by light, and emanate that light from within.
— L.A. Hawbaker
MASKS Literary Magazine is sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Library and was founded as part of the Aesthetics of Research Program-an ongoing series of exhibits, events, and other shenanigans dedicated to exploring the role that libraries play in artistic process, creative community building, and resource-sharing in the arts.
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