The 2015 edition of The Crucible could only have been possible with the support and contributions of the Lock Haven University Student Auxiliary Services, Inc., with special thanks to its director, Jodi Smith, and the English and Art departments.
We are especially indebted to the efforts of the English and Art Departments. The continued efforts of these departments have generated a bountiful source of works to choose from. Some of the literature in this issue of The Crucible was written in Professors Maddox-Hafer and Washington’s creative writing workshops or in composition classes offered by the English department; some of the artwork was created in studio courses in the art department. Classes like digital photography, electronic art, drawing, and printmaking are taught in the John Sloan Fine Arts Building.
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Book cover, page design, and typography by Rick McKnight, ©2015
Art and literature are active communication. What you hold in your hands is a collection of experiences and images created by people who want to tell you something. Just like a good conversation, a late night text, or a message from someone in need, each piece carries an emotion and a message.
Do not let the static nature of text or images fool you into thinking that the work now stands alone, when the truth is that behind every piece is a human being pushing it towards you. Because we publish only work of Lock Haven students, these creators are each one a classmate,an acquaintance, or a friend.
Back in the golden age of letters, correspondence meant primarily the mail sent between two people. In modern times we associate it more with the similarity between two ideas or objects. Our hope for this edition of the Crucible is that it can occupy both definitions. By communicating what we feel through what we create we can start to see the constant connections we share with one another.